The Supreme Court of the state of Arkansas ruled this past Thursday that the city of Fayetteville could no longer enforce it’s anti-discrimination ordinance. This was due to the ongoing legal case the city is fighting a law from 2015 that prohibits cities from providing protections contrary to state law.
Arkansas has a law that prevents local governments from providing protections for LGBT people. This was further reinforced when the state Supreme Court ruled that the Fayetteville ordinance went against the state law. Thursday’s ruling used this as the basis for suspending the ordinance, as Arkansas civil rights laws do not cover gender identity or sexual orientation.