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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Latina Reflects on Life in Arkansas

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Latina Reflects on Life in Arkansas

Editor’s Note: So what motivates a person to become a social justice leader and work for community progress for families? To help answer this question, Equal Voice News is sharing the Q&A interview with Mireya Reith, executive director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition. Rebekah Barber of Facing South conducted the interview, which is reprinted […]

An Act of Courage: The Fight to Vote in Gould

An Act of Courage: The Fight to Vote in Gould

GOULD, Ark. — The last time there was a presidential election in this cotton-farming town of 818 souls, William El-Amin, the former local police chief, noticed something unusual. El-Amin, now 38, grew up in Little Rock. He had worked there as a probation and parole officer before joining the Gould Police Department in 2011. Like […]

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Are you sick of the election yet? One thing that seems certain is that our politics remain as hyperpartisan and dysfunctional as ever. I may be naive, but I think Arkansas has an opportunity to help lead the country back toward pragmatic progress on the issues that will make our families […]

Group: Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marriage Licenses

Group: Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marriage Licenses

  County clerks in the Lone Star State cannot invoke religious liberty in declining to issue marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas told local authorities earlier this month.  On July 1, the legal organization sent letters of concern about the issue to clerks in Fayette and San […]

A Civil Rights Law Passes in Little Rock, Arkansas

A Civil Rights Law Passes in Little Rock, Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay. The ordinance approved by the city’s board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

Indiana Civil Rights Case Emboldens LGBT Activists in U.S.

Indiana Civil Rights Case Emboldens LGBT Activists in U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. Facing widespread pressure, including from big businesses such as Apple and Walmart, lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas rolled back […]

Indiana Lawmakers Want to Change Religious Law

Indiana Lawmakers Want to Change Religious Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers announced proposed changes Thursday to the state’s new religious objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and other groups that have called the proposal anti-gay. The revisions, which still require approval from the full Legislature and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, come as lawmakers in Arkansas scramble to revise […]

Ark. Governor Now Calls for Changes to Religious Bill

Ark. Governor Now Calls for Changes to Religious Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state’s biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay. The Republican governor said he wants the Legislature either to recall […]

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