GLBT rights protections fail in Arkansas, Missouri; succeed in North Dakota

By John Mack Freeman

The city council of Jonesboro, Arkansas rejected a proposed ordinance that would have protected city workers from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. In more bad news, the city of Springfield, Missouri had its LGBT rights ordinance repealed after a 51-49 vote.

In more positive news, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple issued a memo to all state agencies stating that discrimination based on sexual orientation was unacceptable for state employees. This comes on the heels of the state legislature defeating a bill that would have included sexual orientation in the state’s civil rights law for the third time in six years.


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