LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A northwest Arkansas town known both for a 66-foot-tall Jesus statue and as a gay-friendly tourist destination is voting whether to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Eureka Springs voters are casting ballots Tuesday on whether to keep the expanded anti-discrimination protections adopted in February by the city council.
Keeping the measure could prompt a broader legal fight over a state law taking effect later this year aimed at preventing such local protections.
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Officials in Little Rock and Hot Springs have approved more scaled-back anti-discrimination ordinances that only apply to the cities and their vendors.
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The proposal is highlighting the dual personalities of the town of roughly 2,000 people, which was the first city in Arkansas to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year.
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