Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Feb 22, 2015

Conway Mayor’s “Local Control in Local Hands” Message

In a coordinated message with Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, and the Human Rights Campaign in Arkansas, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell has weighed in on on cities that enact “anti-discrimination” laws putting LGBT rights above religious freedom rights for all citizens, saying local governments should be left alone to “decide what’s best in their community.” In 2014,...

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local-control-in-local-handsIn a coordinated message with Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, and the Human Rights Campaign in Arkansas, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell has weighed in on on cities that enact “anti-discrimination” laws putting LGBT rights above religious freedom rights for all citizens, saying local governments should be left alone to “decide what’s best in their community.”

In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign targeted Fayetteville (and 199 other cities in the U.S.) to push their pro-LGBT agenda by enacting a law that would have crimimalized “discrimination based on any perceived gender identity, gender expression, familial status, and marital status.”

In response — and after Fayetteville citizens successfully repealed that law — the Arkansas Legislature passed SB202 that prohibits cities and counties from making it illegal to fire or evict someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“I believe that every city should have the right to pass ordinances that they think is best for their city, particularly anti-discrimination ordinances,” Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan said — and Mayor Townsell just happened to write the same opinion in a recent op-ed piece in the local newspaper.

The facts are:  The nation’s largest LGBT rights group came into our local Arkansas communities and foisted this on local citizens as a forced solution to their predefined “problem.”  Coming in and spending almost one million dollars of outside money to force your position is OK with these folks, just don’t take away their “local control!”

Conway’s Mayor is only echoing these carefully crafted talking points about the “loss of control” while pushing the Human Rights Campaign’s non-local agenda.  Consider this — when and how do local conservative residents of Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, and Conway get the same consideration?

Is Mayor Townsell serving our local residents — or someone else?

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