Ruling: Fayetteville Can Vote On Anti-Discrimination Measure

Sep 3, 2015

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

A state judge has ruled a northwest Arkansas city can vote next week on a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin on Thursday denied a motion to block next week's special election on the Fayetteville anti-discrimination ordinance.

Opponents of the ordinance had sought a temporary restraining order and had argued, among other things, that the ordinance violated a state law aimed at preventing local anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Martin said in his ruling the motion was moot since it was filed a day before early voting began for the special election. Martin canceled a hearing he had scheduled for Friday on the effort to halt the election.