Protest In Downtown Fayetteville Following State Supreme Court Decision

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- After the state Supreme Court struck down Civil Rights Ordinance 5781 to protect LGBTQ members from discrimination, ordinance supporters hit the streets to protest.

"We want civil rights for everybody," said one protester. More than 100 people lined Dickson Street and College Avenue with signs and flags, soliciting honks from drivers.

"We need to support our LGBTQ community and I think its wrong that the state would overturn something our town felt strongly about," Lisa Sharp said.

She owns a bookstore on Dickson Street and believes that everyone, no matter their preference, should feel comfortable in Fayetteville.

This isn't the first time a city ordinance like this has been shot down, "FOR Fayetteville" has pushed the city to adopt an ordinance like this one for the past three years.

"I've been doing this for three years I was at the first town hall meeting. I think it was three years ago during the summer, so it isn't just tonight," Gwynne Gertz said.

Gertz and her husband fear that decisions like these will turn people away from wanting to move to Fayetteville.

6 comments

  • Randy Ingle

    I have never heard of an LGBT person being denied a place to live or fired from a job due to their misguided sexuality in Fayetteville. I have read comments on them fearing discrimination but there are already laws on the books that prevent that. I am pleased the Supreme Court struck it down as it really was useless.

  • Bob Real

    LGBT want to have SEX TOGATHER; MOVE THEM ALL TO A DESERTED ISLAND; SO IF THEY DO COME DOWN HIV ARE AIDS THEY WONT INFECT THEIR WHOLE COMMUNITY ARE FAMILY…

  • Never go full liberal

    Sorry but the minority should not speak for the majority, we DO NOT have to accept something we do not agree with. No one person should have more rights than anyone else and that is exactly what was happening with this ordinance. It was designed as a free pass for someone even if they were a terrible tenant or crappy worker.

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