FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – March 10, 2015 – NWA Center for Equality issued the following statement by President Chaz Allen following the filing of House Bill 1950 (HB 1950) by Representative Greg Leding of Fayetteville:
“Two anti-gay bills brought forth during this legislative session cast Arkansas in national embarrassment and threatened the hope that all Arkansans will enjoy equal rights under the law. Today, our hope is renewed, as Arkansas has a second chance toward achieving equality. With HB 1950, legislators have the opportunity to finally extend basic civil rights to every Arkansan. All it takes is adding four simple words to the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.
“We believe civil rights are not exclusive. Every Arkansan deserves the right to work; the right to buy or rent a home; and the right to do business, without fear of discrimination. For those concerned about civil rights inconsistencies among cities across the state, this bill will ensure that all Arkansans are afforded the same protections under the law.
“Rep. Greg Leding, one of our own local legislators, showed true courage and true Arkansas values by drafting HB 1950. We urge every legislator to uphold their obligation to protect the rights of all Arkansans by supporting this bill.”
“Our commitment to full equality will not waiver. We will ensure the voices of LGBTQ Arkansans are heard as debates of SB 202/Act 137 and other hurtful legislation continue.”