- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Hot Springs Board of Directors has passed an ordinance that would prohibit the city and its vendors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The board voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance Tuesday night. The anti-discrimination ordinance applies to all city departments regarding hiring practices and conduct by city employees.

District 3 Director Becca Clark, the sponsor of the ordinance, said it was necessary because it was the right thing to do for business. She said Hot Springs should show that it is welcoming to everyone.

Some local legislators, like Republican state Rep. Laurie Rushing, spoke against the ordinance. Rushing said the ordinance promotes discrimination because it doesn’t cover all protected classes.

Supporters and opponents of the ordinance gathered for a rally outside City Hall before the vote.

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