A citywide, anti-discrimination ordinance that was recently passed by the Fayetteville City Council was repealed by voters Tuesday in a special election.
Northwest Arkansas Newspapers reports the final but unofficial results from the Washington County Election Commission as follows: 7,523 votes (52 percent) to repeal the ordinance and 7,040 votes (48 percent) against repeal.
The ordinance — Ch. 119 of the City Code — would have protected sexual orientation from discrimination.
In addition to sexual orientation, the ordinance included socioeconomic background, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in housing, employment and public accommodations.
It was approved by the Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 20 at the end of a marathon public meeting. Those in opposition... [ MORE ]