LITTLE ROCK — Two Fayetteville City Council members say they plan to propose a new city ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

LITTLE ROCK — Two Fayetteville City Council members say they plan to propose a new city ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


Adella Gray and Matthew Petty are the co-sponsors of the proposed Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance. Their announcement comes about six months after Fayetteville voters repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance that the City Council had approved in August.


The vote was 52 percent for repeal and 48 percent against repeal.


In response to the Fayetteville City Council’s actions, the state Legislature this year enacted a law to prohibit cities and counties from passing ordinances that prohibit discrimination on any basis not in state law. Arkansas’ civil rights law does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity.


Gray said Thursday in a news release she will hold a news conference Friday at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Fayetteville Town Center to discuss the proposed ordinance. She said the proposal will be presented first to the City Council at an agenda session on Tuesday and will be discussed at a June 16 meeting.


Agenda sessions are open to the public, but public comment is not allowed. Public comment will be allowed at the June 16 meeting, Gray said.


The text of the proposed Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance can be viewed by visiting ar-fayetteville.civicplus.com/1503 and opening the agenda for Tuesday’s agenda session.