Arkansas Law Bars Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Protections by Local Governments

Call it Sam Brownback syndrome. Another state has followed in the Kansas governor’s footsteps by restricting the rights of gays and lesbians. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) yesterday allowed legislation to take effect that bars local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

You’ll recall that last week Brownback rescinded employment discrimination protections for gays and lesbians working for the Kansas state government.

In 2001, Tennessee passed a law effectively voiding a Nashville ordinance barring companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians from doing business with the city. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Texas are considering similar proposals to counteract anti-discrimination protections passed in Houston, Forth Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

I thought American was about expanding rights, not taking them away!

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