- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Fayetteville residents voted to repeal a new city ordinance that would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of housing, work and public accommodation.

The City Council passed the ordinance in August, but opponents gathered enough petitions to force a referendum on the matter. On Tuesday, residents voted the ordinance down, with 7,523 in favor of repealing it and 7,040 against doing so, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1yzXDCh ).

“It was a very close race, so I feel good about the future,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan, who supported the ordinance, which went beyond state and federal protections and would have been the first of its kind in Arkansas. “Both sides have reason to continue on. I think what we have to do is pull everybody together and see what can be worked out.”

Kendra Johnson, director of the Human Rights Campaign in Arkansas, said she’s convinced “the progress of fairness will continue.”

“All Arkansans should have the legal right to live safely within their communities, homes and workplaces, and the day will come soon when LGBT young people will wake up in this state and enjoy true equality under the law,” she said in a news release. “We’ll keep up the fight until that dream is achieved.”

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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