LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers has filed legislation that would expand Arkansas’ civil rights law to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.
The bill filed Wednesday comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court struck down a Fayetteville ordinance banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The court ruled that the city ordinance violated a state law preventing cities and counties from enacting discrimination protections on a basis not covered in state law. Fayetteville was among several cities that passed anti-discrimination ordinances in response to the 2015 law
Arkansas’ civil rights law currently doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity.
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