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March 27, 2015

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'

Today, 27 March, the Arkansas Senate has passed a 'religious freedom' bill, mirrors Indiana's new law.

According to Arkansas Online, the southern state's senate passed HB 1228, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, in a 24-7 vote.

March 19, 2015

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 4, 2015

HRC Nebraska and HRC Arkansas have announced details of their ‘Equality is Our Business’ programs

Developed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization, the Equality is Our Business initiative has the following aim: to encourage 10,000 US business and organizations to stand up for diversity.

Businesses that sign the pledge join others that support workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations.

February 25, 2015

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson allows automatic passage to be triggered without his signature

A bill in Arkansas that blocks cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination laws more expansive than the state's became law on Tuesday (24 February).

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson did not sign what critics see as an anti-LGBTI bill into law but allowed it to move forward without his signature.

In Arkansas, a bill can become a law with the governor’s signature or it can be passed following five days with no action made against it.

February 25, 2015

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson allows automatic passage to be triggered without his signature

A bill in Arkansas that blocks cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination laws more expansive than the state's became law on Tuesday (24 February).

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson did not sign what critics see as an anti-LGBTI bill into law but allowed it to move forward without his signature.

In Arkansas, a bill can become a law with the governor’s signature or it can be passed following five days with no action made against it.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 22, 2015

'If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law'

Leading US civil rights organizations are asking Arkansas' governor to veto a bill blocking towns and cities from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the statement yesterday (21 February).

February 22, 2015

'If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law'

Leading US civil rights organizations are asking Arkansas' governor to veto a bill blocking towns and cities from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the statement yesterday (21 February).

February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 10, 2015

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have chosen to appear in the documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity’ alongside notorious anti-LGBTI activist Scott Lively

Two of the leading candidates to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 have taken part in a new documentary that claims that ‘homosexual activists’ want to ban the Christian religion.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have both chosen to appear in the soon to be released documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity.’

Both have declared their interest in running to be the next Republican candidate to be the President of the United States.

February 10, 2015

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have chosen to appear in the documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity’ alongside notorious anti-LGBTI activist Scott Lively

Two of the leading candidates to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 have taken part in a new documentary that claims that ‘homosexual activists’ want to ban the Christian religion.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have both chosen to appear in the soon to be released documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity.’

Both have declared their interest in running to be the next Republican candidate to be the President of the United States.

February 4, 2015

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man's father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

February 4, 2015

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man's father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

February 1, 2015

'People can be my friends who have a lifestyle that are not necessarily my lifestyle'

Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he has friends from diverse backgrounds.

The potential 2016 White House candidate was a guest on CNN this morning (1 February).

In the interview, the Republican proudly listed how tolerant he is when it comes to friendship.

'People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,' Huckabee maintained.

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

December 24, 2014

While state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel supports marriage equality, he will defend the prohibition

Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's finding against the US state's marriage equality ban.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.