HRC Arkansas is calling on the state legislature to abandon consideration of H.B. 1228, the discriminatory “Conscience Protection Act.” If passed, HB 1228 would legalize discrimination in Arkansas.
In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Arkansas, HRC launched Project One America, a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. Project One America is the first of its kind campaign to work exclusively in Arkansas - where there are no non-discrimination protections for LGBT people at the state or local level in employment, housing or public accomidations, and where the state's constitution expressly prohibits marriage equality.
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In 2014, HRC undertook the largest survey of its kind to date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Arkansas.
The results show that LGBT Arkansans are just like their friends and family members—living, working, volunteering, and going to church within their communities. However, LGBT people also face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level.
The marriage equality landscape is rapidly changing in Arkansas. On May 9, 2014, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriages. On May 16, the state Supreme Court suspended marriages while state officials' appeal. During the week in which same-sex marriages were allowed, more than 450 Arkansas same-sex couples married. For more updates on the case, click here.