- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/1ycUHSh ) reports the proposed ordinance failed to get enough support to advance at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The Arkansas State University Gay-Straight Alliance advocated for changes similar to protections approved earlier this year in Conway and North Little Rock. Students told the aldermen that Jonesboro should be a welcoming place.

No one spoke against the change.

Arkansas is set to become the second state it the nation to bar municipalities from enacting certain anti-discrimination protections. That prohibition doesn’t prevent local governments from enacting anti-discrimination policies for their own employees.

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