FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – February 23, 2015 – NWA Center for Equality issued the following statement by its president, Chaz Allen after the Senate Judiciary Committee defeated House Bill 1228 (HB1228):
Arkansas faces international criticism for the passage of a separate anti-gay bill (SB202), the defeat of HB1228 “We thank the clergy, businesses and citizens across Arkansas who came together urging legislators to oppose HB1228. At a time when ends a clear message: we will not tolerate the use of religion to mask discrimination against LGBTQ people. This is a victory for
all Arkansans who believe in love and tolerance. We are extremely grateful for the senators who voted against this bill.
“We urge Representative Ballinger to accept this vote and focus on critical needs of all Arkansans, rather than bringing HB1228 back to committee or maneuvering its way to the Senate floor. At the same time, we continue our wok to educate Arkansans about SB202 before that law takes
effect. That law written by Senator Hester
prevents 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. “
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.