- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Texarkana voters have overwhelmingly repealed the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

The Texarkana Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/293RAXc ) that complete but unofficial results show the ordinance was overturned by a more than 3-1 margin.

The ordinance was approved by the City Council in January and prohibited the city and businesses contracting with the city from any discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote comes after weeks of public debate in which supporters say the ordinance was a progressive acknowledgment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights that would attract business to the city. Critics said it would allow transgender people to use public restrooms of their choice, which they said could be a danger to women and children.

City Director Tim Johnson says the vote is the will of the people.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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