Fayetteville Lawyer Discusses Civil Rights Ordinance As Public Vote Approaches

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - On a "5NEWS This Morning" segment that aired on Nov. 29, Managing Editor Larry Henry talks with Fayetteville lawyer Eva Madison about the new civil rights ordinance in the city. A public vote is set for Dec. 9 on whether to keep Ordinance 119, which the City Council approved in August to prevent businesses and entities from discriminating against customers and others based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and other factors. Most recently, Republican legislators have criticized the University of Arkansas chancellor for asking the Chamber Commerce to rescind its support of repealing the ordinance.


  • Kevin

    Seriously something that is generating this much controversy there just has to be a better option or the option of doing nothing.

  • Eric Parkinson

    Buzzkill. She’s being reasonable and accurate. There’s no place in a debate like this for such behavior.

  • mack

    I grew up there in the eighties, and it was a fun place at that time. When I came back around 2000-2001 it just felt like a place I didn’t want to live. My biggest complaint at the time was all the expansion on weddington drive, and turning the side roads of 71\I49 to one way streets. I left and only go back on Thanksgiving day each year. I don’t think this town ever needed a civil rights ordinance, it has been a haven for alternative people as long as I can remember. This ordinance will chase more business owners up north.

  • Jeff

    Fayetteville has been a great and a leading city in NW Arkansas but seems much more good business are moving up to north during recent years. City of Fayetteville is heading on wrong direction. City cannot depend on UA ball games for sale tax.

  • Michael Chapitan Collins

    I can’t handle the lies. First off, the fine is $500 for the FIRST day, but she doesn’t say it is $1000 the second day, and $250 each day subsequent PER INCIDENT.
    So when you are targeted for being a Christian by multiple activists who discriminate against Christianity and you owe tens of thousands of dollars in fines and can’t pay them, you DO spend 30 days in prison.

    It is amazing that she says you can’t go to prison with 119 followed by you can go to prison with 119.

    But the worst and most egregious problem is that the religious exemption is already universal through the 1st amendment of the United States and article 2 of the AR state constitution. BOTH people and churches are exempt in this, and neither Constitution separates “private” vs. “public” rights. That is judicial activism to separate them.

    The last thing is that she tells us that churches should be exempt “So we can get along” yet has the tyrannical audacity to follow it up with “so ministers know what they can and cannot do” at the City Council’s pleasure.

    To say that with a straight face in a nation established on the freedom of religion. Traitorous.

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