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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:52:00

Trumplandia: A tale of two covers

A tale of two cover images in the age of Trump, coming soon to a newsstand near you.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 06:33:00

Trump will keep Obama's executive order protecting federal LGBT workers

The White House announced yesterday that President Donald Trump will continue to enforce his predecessor's 2014 executive order requiring all companies who contract with the federal government not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 05:27:00

Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender children to join

The Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday that it will allow transgender children to participate in scouting programs

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12:33:00

Civil Rights Heritage Trail will add ten honorees

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity today announced 10 additions to the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, with plaques set to be unveiled on Feb. 1 to kick off Black History Month.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:59:00

Same-sex marriage birth certificate case: "something more sinister is afoot"

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision this week to overrule a lower court and uphold a law demanding that same-sex couples get a court order to put both parent names on the birth certificate is attracting national attention.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 15:38:00

Human Rights Campaign on Donald Trump's anti-LGBTQ record

Trump patted himself on the back for saying "LGBTQ" but his record is ugly, says the Human Rights Campaign.

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Friday, July 22, 2016 - 14:58:00

Arkansas legislature, take note: North Carolina losing business thanks to bathroom bill

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. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:14:00

Southern Poverty Law Center report finds increase in hate groups last year

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that the number of hate groups in the United States rose to 892 in 2015, up from 784 the year before. Twenty-two hate groups were identified in Arkansas, including a number of KKK and neo-Nazi groups.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 11:06:00

Bob Ballinger's "religious freedom" stops Health Department regulation of soup kitchen: UPDATE

A soup kitchen invokes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to skirt food preparation regulations.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 15:47:00

Arkansas gets poor score on LGBT rights in Human Rights Campaign's state equality index

The Human Rights Campaign today released its 2015 State Equality Index. Arkansas, along with twenty-seven other states, was ranked in the lowest-rated category, “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:12:00

Vote on LGBT civil rights ordinance tonight in Fayetteville

Here come the fireworks: A city ordinance to extend work, housing and public accommodation protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be up for a vote at the Fayetteville City Council this evening at 5:30

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 10:29:00

No rulings from Supreme Court today on Obamacare, same-sex marriage

The suspense continues on Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 09:05:00

The GOP's gay marriage problem

The Republican party, which once upon a time used gay marriage as a wedge issue, increasingly finds itself in an untenable political spot. The GOP primaries are dominated by base voters who take the Jason Rapert line, but the country as a whole — particularly younger voters — are moving in the other direction. New poll numbers from the Public Religion Research Institute highlight the GOP's problem on this issue.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:36:00

Griffen: Baltimore is 'evidence of a mounting resistance movement' against injustice

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, also a pastor who routinely does quite a bit of deep thinking on the topic of social justice, has never been one to shrink from controversy and uncomfortable topics, has published an essay over on his blog, titled "Civil Unrest and Subversive Vision." In places, the piece sounds like it could have been plucked from the frustrated heart of any young person involved in the recent unrest in Baltimore.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 19:18:00

Little Rock City Board adopts civil rights ordinance to protect sexual orientation

The Little Rock City Board dispensed with debate tonight and went straight to a vote on its ordinance to extend civil rights protection to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:10:00

No need to wait for city attorney opinion about Little Rock civil rights ordinance

I have the answer to City Director Joan Adcock's question of whether a proposed Little Rock civil rights ordinance is in conflict with a coming state law.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 06:42:00

Gov. Hutchinson remains mum on Betty Dickey appointment

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a political supporter of the primary party in a pending Supreme Court case to decide the case. He won't comment on the appearance of conflict of interest.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 22:27:00

City board discusses LGBT protection ordinance, Webb says votes there for passages

At their weekly meeting tonight, the Little Rock Board of Directors discussed next week's vote on an ordinance that would protect LGBT city workers from discrimination and require contractors with the city to abide by non-discrimination rules that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Asked about a potential conflict with the state's Act 137, the recently passed law which forbids municipalities from extending protections to gays and lesbians, city attorney Tom Carpenter told the board he hadn't consider the state law because he believes a federal supremacy argument will prevail.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 07:33:00

Mayor Stodola on board with civil rights ordinance

Mayor Mark Stodola says he'll support a newly filed city civil rights ordinance that extends protections to LGBT people and says he may have some unspecified additions to the proposal.

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