FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – February 23, 2015 – After Governor Asa Hutchinson allowed SB202 to become law Monday NWA Center for Equality issued the following statement by its president, Chaz Allen:

“Today Governor Asa Hutchinson pushed our state backward by permitting Senate Bill 202 (SB202) to become law. This is the latest attempt to prevent local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances at a time when state law still permits legal discrimination against any Arkansan based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. We urge individual communities to quickly enact their own ordinances expanding civil rights before this law takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends (currently scheduled to end April 10th).

“Join us as we work with local businesses, organizations, leaders and individual citizens with renewed vigor in the fight to achieve equality for all Arkansans. We appreciate those legislators who stood on the right side of history by voting against SB202 and the Arkansas businesses that opposed it. Their leadership and the voices of people across the state are critical in opposing HB1228, another poorly masked attack on equal rights for LGBTQ Arkansans expected to reach the Senate Judiciary Committee February 25th.”

Track HB1228 here: http://bit.ly/18gGYOK.

About NWW 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.


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