ACTION ALERT: Protect Bentonville Teachers

ACTION ALERT: Protect Bentonville teachers from the American Family Association's hate campaign! The Bentonville Board of Education votes May 4th on a measure that would extend equal protection to LGBTQ employees...just like the UofA, Walmart and federal government. Contact these board members now and tell them to support the measure:

NWA Center for Equality Calls for Update to Arkansas Civil Rights Act as Governor Signs SB 975

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – April 3, 2015 – NWA Center for Equality issued the following statement as Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 975 into law:

“SB 975 is the lesser of two evils. Almost any bill is better than Rep. Bob Ballinger's divisive HB 1228 that brought national embarrassment to our state, but SB 975 still leaves the door open for potential discrimination against any Arkansan. The right solution for protecting religious freedom and the rights of every Arkansan is simple. Now is the time to finally update the Arkansas Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Denying LGBTQ Arkansans the same protected rights of others is wrong and out of sync with Arkansas values. If the legislature and Governor Hutchinson don't have the courage to protect all Arkansans we will support a ballot measure to finish the job."


NWA Center for Equality Statement on Remarks by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – April 2, 2015 – NWA Center for Equality issued the following statement regarding remarks made by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas in an interview with CNN April 1st:

“Tom Cotton is the person who has the wrong perspective. Rather than lecturing LGBTQ Arkansans and minimizing the inequalities we face each day, he should protect the rights of all our citizens. His comments added fuel to a heated debate and further hurt our national reputation. Now is the time for him to fight for full equality for all Arkansans, regardless of the inequalities that exist overseas. That's what we deserve from our
U. S. Senator."