Hundreds turned out Saturday despite threatening weather for Little Rock's first Pride Parade, an emblem and encouragement to greater acceptance of equality for LGBT people.
Lots of photos on the Facebook page for the parade, including a couple shown here. They included many floats, including some built by kids in high school Gay Straight Alliance organizations. Young people spell the eventual turning of the tide of discrimination in Arkansas. Hurry the day.
Meant to mention this yesterday but got swept up in all the political happenings: the National Basketball Association is reportedly pulling the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina because of the state's bathroom law targeting transgender people. /more/
Here's a good followup from Slate on the important ruling by Mississippi federal Judge Carlton Reeves that struck down that state's so-called religious conscience law. Mississippi, as the Arkansas law did earlier, passed a law nominally said to protect religious beliefs. /more/
Call it discrimination light. In the week of the Orlando mass slayings at a gay club, perhaps by a man conflicted by his sexuality, an Arkansas legislative panel signed off on a rule to allow psychiatric counselors to refuse to serve someone with different religious beliefs. /more/
Big development: The federal Justice Department has told North Carolina that, if it chooses to comply with the state's new anti-LGBT law, will be violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act and could cost the state millions in federal funding. /more/
Arkansas Business reports that J.B. Hunt isn't moving immediately to act on a vote by shareholders that the company adopt an explicit non-discrimination policy affecting LGBT employees. A task force will study it first. /more/
Without comment today, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a request for a rehearing of its decision killing a proposed amendment to allow three more casinos in Arkansas because of a flawed ballot title.
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
Today, Rep. Greg Leding filed HB 1959, which adds four words to the state civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, property transactions, credit or the political process on grounds of "sexual orientation, gender identity." The law already protects in cases of race, religion, national origin or disabilities.