FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Voters in the Arkansas city of Fayetteville on Sept. 8 approved a proposed ordinance that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the local anti-discrimination ordinance.
KFSM reported the Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance 5781 passed by a 53-47 percent margin.
The Fayetteville City Council last August approved a similar ordinance by a 6-2 vote margin.
Voters less than four months later repealed it.
Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting,” a now-cancelled reality show that aired on TLC, recorded a robo call that urged Fayetteville voters to vote against the ordinance. The Human Rights Campaign, which contributed more than $166,000 in support of the 2014 campaign, faced criticism for not supporting the pro-Ordinance 5781 effort.
“I am really impressed to see our community come together after the divisive 119 fight and pass ordinance 5781,” said Kyle Smith, chair of For Fayetteville, a group that backed the ordinance, in a statement.