Cities Versus Stat: Arkansas Isn’t Sure if it Allows Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

The Daily BeastĀ 
by Nico Lang
February 5, 2019


A recent ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court could put the rights and protections of thousands of LGBTQ people at risk.

Last week, theĀ Arkansas Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that allowed Fayetteville to enforce its nondiscrimination ordinance, while it challenges a 2015 law designed to void pro-LGBTQ protections.

Act 137, known as the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, says cities and counties cannot designate protected classes not covered by statewide anti-discrimination law (which does not include LGBTQ identity).

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