FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville City Council on August 20 approved an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported the 6-2 vote took place after a meeting that lasted nearly 10 hours.
The newspaper said more than 120 people testified during the hearing.
“The idea that I could lose my home because someone finds out that I’m gay is why … we need to push this through as quickly as possible,” said Nathan Southerland-Kordsmeier as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. “People like me don’t feel safe here. I’m living with a shadow over my head.”
Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting,” a TLC series that profiles her family who lives in nearby Tontitown, Ark., recorded a robo call that urged Fayetteville residents to publicly oppose the proposed ordinance.
Fayetteville is the first Arkansas city to explicitly ban anti-LGBT discrimination.
The ordinance is slated to take effect on September 20.