FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – September 8, 2015 – The Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality issued the following statement while celebrating an historic night in Fayetteville as voters passed the city’s new Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance (Ordinance 5781):

“Today the people of Fayetteville voted for acceptance over fear and showed that cities can ensure religious freedom while protecting the rights of each and every citizen. People from all walks of life chose to lead Fayetteville and Arkansas toward a more inclusive future. History will remember this as a proud moment when businesses, religious leaders and everyday citizens worked together to unite our community, grow our economy and finally move Fayetteville forward.

We are grateful for the leadership of Aldermen Adella Gray, Matthew Petty, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Alan Long, and Justin Tennant; Mayor Lioneld Jordan; the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce; the For Fayetteville campaign and all who worked tirelessly to support this ordinance. We are honored to stand beside them in the fight for full equality.”

About NWA Center for Equality
The NWA Center for Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which leads a grassroots support and advocacy movement working to achieve full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Northwest Arkansas. More information is available at nwaequality.org.


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