Lawmaker: Add “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity” To Civil Rights Law

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A state representative has filed a bill that, if passed, would amend the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to include the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The bill was filed by Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, on March 9 at 5:32 p.m. and is called HB 1950, according to legislative records.

The Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 already protects residents in The Natural State from discrimination based on “race, religion, national origin, gender or the presence of any sensory mental or physical disability,” the bill states.

If passed, the bill would also protect citizens based on sexual orientation and gender identity, providing the following rights:

  • The right to obtain and hold employment without discrimination
  • The right to the full enjoyment of any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges of any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage or amusement
  • The right to engage in property transactions without discrimination
  • The right to engage in credit and other contractual transactions without discrimination
  • The right to vote and participate fully in the political process

To read a copy of HB 1950, click here.


  • Let them know

    Now is the time to let our state representatives in the House and Senate know how we feel about “special rights” being granted. Write or call now to put an end to liberal democrats slipping their legislation in the back door. They bear close watching, they never give up. What they can’t get through votes they try through legislation and the courts.

      • Let them know

        Hoping no one will notice or respond is sneaking it through the back door, as is disguising it as civil rights when it’s special rights. The citizens of Fayetteville are already familiar with these tactics, now liberal dems are trying it at the state level.

    • Ray

      They are already protected. This is just another door for them to target christian businesses and try to close them down.

      • Mark

        Correct.. They are already protected at the university.. The Fortune 500 companies and states that have actually advanced in the last 50 years.. But please cite which document protects them in the state of Arkansas? Are you privy to information that Greg Leding is not? Funny to watch you Jesus lovers whine and cry everyday.. Your time has passed..good riddance!!

  • Mike White

    Is granting people protection based on age, gender, race, and religion; special rights? This is about protecting people that have done nothing wrong.

  • Fed Up

    C’mon folks, is some of the hatred demonstrated in these posts really necessary? One can disagree without being rude. Can’t we all just get along?

  • Arkansas1801

    The only people wanting special rights are the religious fanatics in this country who want to discriminate and incite hatred with their supposed “religious beliefs” as their justification. Next they will be wanting to bring back slavery because their bible condones such holy and moral actions.

    • darin

      I would like special rights too…I’m a little overweight and losing my hair. Think we can put that into the house bill. I’m sure people discriminate against me because of my hair and weight. Its only fair that I shouldn’t be discriminated against for that also.

  • Bam! That just happened

    Awesome!! I can’t wait to pretend I am a woman (but yet I was born a male) and get access to the woman’s locker room at the gym!!

  • RegulateThis

    Though I don’t believe in the lifestyle choice, I also don’t really think someone should necessarily be fired from a job because of sexual preference.

    However, the idea of “gender identity” is just stupid.

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