- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge in Washington County has dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to stop an upcoming special election on a non-discrimination measure in Fayetteville.

The special election is set for Dec. 9 on the measure, which prohibits specific types of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A lawsuit had been filed challenging the ballot language of the proposal.

Fayetteville television station KHOG reports (http://bit.ly/ZPOqvj ) that the lawsuit was dismissed Thursday.

The Fayetteville City Council approved the non-discrimination ordinance in August, but a group opposed to the proposal gathered enough signatures to qualify for a referendum before voters. The group opposed to the ordinance says the proposal infringes on free speech rights.

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Information from: KHOG-TV, http://www.4029tv.com

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