FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – June 26, 2015 – Northwest Arkansas is ready to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in support of same-sex marriage today and throughout NWA Pride weekend. The Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality issued the statement below praising the ruling and reminding Arkansans that much work remains to be done.
Statement by NWA Center for Equality:
“Today is a pivotal moment in the history of our nation and the equal rights movement in Arkansas. Yet again, the highest court in our country ruled
that double standards, inequality and
discrimination against same-sex couples cannot stand. This ruling brings new hope for generations
of LGBTQ Arkansans who are repeatedly told they don’t deserve the same rights their neighbors enjoy under local, state and federal law. We celebrate with
hundreds of loving same-sex Arkansas couples who legally married last year only to see their marriages put on hold as Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and others fought to keep discriminatory practices that hold Arkansas back.
“As America embraces love, fairness and equality, the struggle continues in Northwest Arkansas. Now is the time for Arkansas to stand on the right side of history. From protecting all Bentonville Public Schools employees to ensuring businesses can’t legally discriminate by denying services, our local communities face moments of truth each and every day. This fight requires all of us and we invite everyone who believes in moving our region forward and ensuring full equality to join us Saturday for the annual NWA Pride Parade and Festival.”
Celebrating the Decision this Weekend in Northwest Arkansas
NWA Center for Equality, the Transgender Equality Network, PFLAG and HRC Arkansas invite friends and neighbors across the region to rally in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville today at 5 p.m.
Cheryl Maples, an Arkansas attorney who represented plaintiffs in the historic case that struck down Arkansas’ Amendment 83 in 2014 and opened the door for LGBTQ couples to marry, joins NWA Center for Equality Saturday as grand marshal of the ninth annual NWA Pride Parade and Festival in Fayetteville.
A local couple plans to marry during the parade and festival Saturday, pending the county clerk’s issuance of a marriage license.
A full schedule of NWA Pride events is available at http://www.nwapride.org.
About NWA Center for Equality
The NWA Center for Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which leads a grassroots support and advocacy movement working to achieve full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Northwest Arkansas. More information is available at nwaequality.org.