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Fayetteville, Arkansas To Vote On Controversial LGBT Non-Discrimination Order Today - WATCH

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Fayetteville could today become the first Arkansas city to implement an LGBT non-discrimination order (NDO), reports NWA Online.

Alderman Matthew Petty proposed the NDO, which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background and veteran status, after being approached by the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality, an LGBT advocacy group with offices in Fayetteville.

During the proposal's second reading on August 5th, the vast majority of the more than 100 people who packed the City Council chambers criticized the proposed NDO as government overreach and an unnecessary infringement upon residents' religious beliefs.

Speaking against the NDO at a protest last Saturday, Republican Senator Bart Hester said:

“I think they’ve included a whole bunch of things that are already covered in law, just to protect the few little issues that we all know this is about…this is about telling a church that they have to host a gay marriage that they don’t support.”

A Monday robocall to voters, narrated by reality television star Michelle Duggar and paid for by the Arkansas Family Council, urged residents to speak out against the NDO:

“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”

However, Blake Pennington, assistant city attorney, said that such arguments are "nothing more than fear-mongering."

City council member Sarah Marsh, who said that the ordinance “guarantees that all people will have access to housing, employee and public accommodation,” expects there to be a vote today following the third and final discussion of the ordinance.

Earlier this month, Billings, Montana Mayor Tom Hanel cast the deciding vote against a proposed NDO that would have protected Billings residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Watch a report on last weekend's protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh Michelle Duggar - 19 kids, and counting, and none are gay? No, sorry. not possible. but hey, don't take my word for it. you'll know i'm right when you come home one day to find (at least) one of your kids hanging in their closet.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 19, 2014 11:53:42 AM


  2. "“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space" I find it interesting and funny that the "concern" usually centers around girls. Boys don't seem to generate that much concern.

    Posted by: Ted | Aug 19, 2014 11:56:51 AM


  3. @TED Glass half full. Based on that heffer Duggar's remarks, let's consider it a sign of progress that the evangie-fundie Tea Battys are finally admitting that most child predation occurs with hetero men on girls.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 19, 2014 12:14:19 PM


  4. I dare say a lot of gay people would be troubled by a drag queen waving her weenie in front of a bunch of young girls in a locker room. This bill would legalize just that.

    Posted by: LITTLE KIWI | Aug 19, 2014 12:35:50 PM


  5. "we all know this is about…this is about telling a church that they have to host a gay marriage that they don’t support."

    Who in their right mind would subject him(her)self to a ceremony by someone who opposes them? What cereal are these folks eating? gosh!

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 19, 2014 12:40:20 PM


  6. the backwards uneducated south strikes again...knock me over with a feather......

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 19, 2014 12:48:59 PM


  7. Why is Michelle Duggar offering her opinion on anything? Shouldn't she be at home managing her enormous brood? Her thoughts on any topic other than child rearing are worth exactly nothing.

    I was going to also mention that none of the ADOs or marriage equality initiatives would force churches to do anything they don't want to do. This is about secular civil law, not church rules. But the people who are freaking out don't want to hear about that.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 19, 2014 12:52:55 PM


  8. to the troll who posted under my name with a link to my blog, do you know what an IP address is? because i now have yours. and your home address. and i'm publishing it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 19, 2014 1:03:32 PM


  9. Slippery slope "what ifs" aren't real arguments against anti-discrimination laws.
    In the bible Jesus said, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) Perhaps the Christianists should listen to what Jesus has to say instead of relying on what Billybob thinks.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 19, 2014 1:23:45 PM


  10. Spent 35 months there in grad school. I would doubt that they'd pass such an order. Even though it's a college town, they're still quite backward.

    "Arkansas, where everyones relative.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 19, 2014 2:25:29 PM


  11. In countries with gay marriage only churches that accept gay marriage perform same sex weddings.
    Here in spain, catholic church doesn't perform ssm and nobody ask them to do it.

    I hear this argument again and again and i don't understand it. It's demagogy or really in the USA churches are obligued to perform ssm were the law is aproved?

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 19, 2014 2:42:06 PM


  12. Jay, I was about to post the same thing in essentially the same words. Folks that say this are really avoiding what it's really about: their fears and resistance to change.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Aug 19, 2014 3:04:17 PM


  13. I always find it interesting when commenters like Tom and MaryM make basically the same arguments as the far, far right, such as that Duggar lady and Brian Brown. They say you can judge a person by the company they keep...

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 19, 2014 3:18:04 PM


  14. TheDrDonna, you should actually find it that Tom and MaryM only post on the same threads as each other. Because, you know, they're the same person.

    You'd think our resident troll would be better at this by now.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 19, 2014 3:25:11 PM


  15. Tyler, yeah, I'm aware that they're probably the same person. With that said, I find it tiresome to continually bring the discussion back to that: the conversation can be more interesting if we don't keep talking about whether this particular Hydra is joined at the neck or the hip.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 19, 2014 3:34:10 PM


  16. Bart from Cave Springs? WOOF!!!

    Posted by: David | Aug 20, 2014 8:31:45 AM


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