More Arkansas Local Governments Push For LGBT Protections

Apr 28, 2015

Officials in Arkansas' most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations are considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay.

A member of the Hot Springs city board said Tuesday she's proposing prohibiting the city and its vendors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A member of Pulaski County's quorum court said he's drafting a similar anti-discrimination ordinance.

The proposals are modeled after a measure approved by Little Rock last week and are aimed at challenging a state law intended to prevent local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community.