Arkansas Religion

Jonesboro LGBT Protection Attempt Fails To Gain Support

May 6, 2015

Hot Springs just became the latest in a string of Arkansas cities to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected classes in city employment and contracts. However, a similar in ordinance in Jonesboro is unable to gain traction or even enough support for a vote to be held. KASU’s Jonathan Reaves reports.

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Arkansas' governor has approved legislation that will allow a monument to the Ten Commandments to be constructed near the state Capitol.

A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said the governor had signed the bill requiring the state to allow a privately funded display of the commandments to be built on the state Capitol grounds. Lawmakers sent the measure to Hutchinson last week.

HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson and HRC President Chad Griffin speaking at the Capitol about an ad HRC is running opposed to a so-called religious liberty law proposed in 2015.
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Arkansas’s Legislature stands in recess but not without drawing national attention over a “religious freedom” bill deemed by some to sanction discrimination against the state’s LGBT population.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman sat down with Kendra Johnson, the director of Human Rights Campaign Arkansas to talk about next steps for the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

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Arkansas House members have advanced to Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill to allow a Ten Commandments monument to be built at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers voted 72-7 Wednesday to allow the erection of a privately funded display. The secretary of state would be charged with approving the display.

Republican Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton says the bill will honor the role the commandments played in the nation's legal system.

Opponents say the display is unconstitutional and could amount to a state endorsement of religion.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
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Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, have gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.
 
They oppose the bill prohibiting state and local government action that would substantially burden someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven.
 
McDaniel said at the Sunday gathering held by the Arkansas chapter of Human Rights Campaign that he opposed the law that he believes allows for discriminatory practices.
 

HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson and HRC President Chad Griffin speaking at the Capitol about an ad HRC is running opposed to a so-called religious liberty law proposed in 2015.
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A number of high-profile business figures are calling on Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) to veto a bill supporters describe as a "religious freedom" measure that on Friday passed the Arkansas Senate. Opponents say it allows religious belief to be used as a defense for discriminating against LGBT people in housing, employment, and both public and private accommodations and services.

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An Arkansas House committee has endorsed a proposal to allow a Ten Commandments monument near the state Capitol despite objections it blurs the separation between church and state. The Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs voted for the bill 11-3 on Friday.

It would allow a privately funded monument to the commandments to be built on the Capitol grounds, with its design and location to be approved by the secretary of state.

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The Arkansas Senate has voted to allow a display of the Ten Commandments near the state Capitol, with the lawmaker behind the idea calling the monument a nod to history.

The bill approved by a 27-3 vote Wednesday would allow a privately funded monument to the commandments built on the Capitol grounds, with its design and location approved by the secretary of state. The measure now heads to the House.

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A proposal to allow a privately funded monument to the Ten Commandments near the Arkansas Capitol is advancing to the state Senate for a vote.

An effort to allow a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be built on the Arkansas state Capitol grounds has failed before a legislative panel.

A proposal to require the secretary of state to allow a private group to build a monument to commandments failed before the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday on a 3-3 vote. The measure needed at least five votes to advance to the full Senate.

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