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Ballot set on Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

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click to enlarge THE QUESTION: How the ballot will present Fayetteville issue.
  • THE QUESTION: How the ballot will present Fayetteville issue.
The ballot has been set on the special election Sept. 8 in Fayetteville on a city civil rights ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity among groups protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public services. 40/29 reports here.

It's a cleaner proposition than the repeal referendum of an earlier ordinance, repealed by voters 52-48.

The ordinance was referred by the City Council after a vote of approval. Voters will be asked to vote for or against the ordinance and its terms are spelled out on the ballot. This ordinance has some significant changes from the earlier ordinance. It's far simpler, has a milder enforcement mechanism and enjoys the support of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the first ordinance.

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