The Associated Press reports:
Arkansas’ highest court says a city can’t enforce an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it’s already ruled the measure violates a state law aimed at preventing local protections for LGBT people.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a Washington County judge’s decision to allow Fayetteville to continue enforcing its anti-discrimination ordinance while the city challenged the constitutionality of a 2015 law preventing cities and counties from enacting protections not covered by state law.
The Arkansas Times reports:
The Court earlier had ruled that a state law intended to pre-empt local civil rights ordinances was a constitutional use of state power and dismissed the case.
But Circuit Judge Doug Martin allowed litigation to continue on a lawsuit intervenor’s newly raised issue he hadn’t decided — whether the state action amounted to unconstitutional discrimination against LGBT people.
The Supreme Court said Martin exceeded his jurisdiction. It found in favor of a group challenging the local ordinance, which had sought an injunction against enforcement of the local ordinance.
You surely recall that the original campaign against Fayetteville’s ordinance was launched by then-Family Research Council Action president Josh Duggar, who was later exposed for molesting his underage sisters and for belonging to the adultery site Ashley Madison under as a fake name and with a profile photo stolen from another man. That same year Duggar was sued by a porn actress who alleged he had assaulted her during consensual sex at the strip club where she worked. Duggar remains married to his wife of 11 years.