Little Rock, Arkansas is pushing back against the recent bad publicity the state earned over its anti-gay 'relgious liberty' bill, the AP reports:
The ordinance approved by the city's board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring and city services, including those offered through outside vendors.
…Arkansas lawmakers earlier this month approved a bill that was revamped in response to criticism from some of the state's largest employers — including mega-retailer Wal-Mart — that an initial version endorsed discrimination against gays and lesbians. Arkansas earlier this year also became the second state after Tennessee to bar local governments from expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to the AP: " The new state law doesn't apply to a city and county's policies applying to its employees, which Little Rock's ordinance would cover. The Little Rock proposal goes a step further with the restriction on anyone who contracts with the city."