- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A proposal by Bentonville School District leaders to protect employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity drew a crowd of more than 200 people to a board meeting.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (https://bit.ly/1IO7vkj ) reports many of the 80 people who signed up at Monday’s meeting wanted to discuss the anti-discrimination policy, which wasn’t on the agenda. The proposal would also bar discrimination based on marital status or military service and is designed to emulate the University of Arkansas and area employers.

Opponents say the change is anti-religious and unnecessary. Proponents say the move would curb discrimination and support gay students, who commit suicide at higher rates.

The district’s attorney has advised board members to table consideration of the change until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage.

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