Arkansas Asks That City’s LGBTQ Rights Ordinance Be Blocked

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas asked a judge Friday to block enforcement of a city ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, months after the state’s highest court ruled the measure violated a law aimed at prohibiting local LGBTQ protections.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and a group opposed to the Fayetteville anti-discrimination ordinance asked Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin to issue a preliminary injunction against the measure. The state Supreme Court in February reversed a ruling that the ordinance didn’t violate a state law prohibiting cities from enacting protections not covered by state law. Arkansas’ civil rights law doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

FILE PHOTO: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on July 9, 2015.