Eureka Springs, Arkansas Defies State Legislature, Upholds Non-Discrimination Ordinance

  • metta

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    May 13, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    Eureka Springs Defies State Legislature, Upholds Non-Discrimination Ordinance


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/uncucumbered/eureka_springs_arkansas_votes_on_non_discrimination_ordinance
  • hebrewman

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    May 14, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    great for them.
  • KissTheSky

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    May 14, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    There are cool, progressive people in every state, even the Red States, they are just outnumbered by homophobic Republicans.
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    May 14, 2015 1:49 PM GMT
    From their website:

    Eureka Springs is known by many names: Haven for the State's Eccentrics. The place where misfits fit. The hole in the Bible Belt where the buckle goes through. And then there's our personal favorite: America's Largest Open Air Asylum.

    Sometimes people ask us, "Is it true that Eureka Springs is a haven for gays & lesbians?" Well, yes! But Eureka Springs is also popular with families, church groups, astrologers, lawyers, artists, musicians, accountants ... we're a diverse community in every sense of the word.

    Businesses listed in this section include our favorite resources for alternative healing, alternative spirituality, LGBT friendly lodging, commitment ceremony & Holy Union providers, plus businesses who specifically asked to be in this section because they want you to know they are committed to treating ALL people with dignity and respect.

    http://www.eurekasprings.com/alternative/

    Great way to market the city! I googled them to see what/where the city was.
  • tazzari

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    May 14, 2015 6:56 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThere are cool, progressive people in every state, even the Red States, they are just outnumbered by homophobic Republicans.


    Outnumbered, or out-shouted? I sometimes feel that the reasonable middle ground would support us, if the hard-right fanatics would pipe down and let an opposing opinion be heard. The right-wing noise machine drowns out most reasonable discourse.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 16, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
    We travel to Eureka Springs often and find it a breath of Fresh Air, literally and figuratively. As one local put it "this is a place where the Wiccans and Christian go to school together, mate, and if they are straight have babies....everyone just gets along." There are rainbow flags everywhere and 75 foot Jesus statue on top of the mountain.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 16, 2015 12:26 PM GMT
    Since its a primary university town, isn't Fayetteville quite progressive and inclusive or is it like the rest of Arkansas. icon_question.gif

    How does Little Rock stack up in these issuesicon_question.gif
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    May 16, 2015 12:51 PM GMT
    I lived in Arkansas 3 years, and traveled through Eureka Springs on motorcycle a number of times, lovely scenery. Can't remember much about it, didn't strike me as any different from other little towns. I'd travel from Russellville to Harrison on Rt 7, one of the greatest motorcycle roads in the US, and then head NW to Eureka Springs.
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    May 16, 2015 1:16 PM GMT
    hell, they even have a bath house icon_wink.gif

    http://www.estc.net/featured/palacehotel/

    This sounds like the sort of town I would design if starting from scratch .... one where nothing fits and nothing makes sense, but is a riot nevertheless.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 16, 2015 1:46 PM GMT
    Arkansas for the most part is a very poor, mostly rural state. Granted Wal Mart which is the worlds biggest retailer is headquartered in Bentonville which has helped develop and upgrade the hilly, NW corner of the state and will soon be on a new interstate route, I-49 in the near future. The rest of Arkansas is very impoverished and underdeveloped especially in the Ozark Mountain region. The backwardness and the lousy quality education has helped keep Arkansas firmly in the powerful grip of the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs in the right wing just like some of its neighbors like Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi.
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    May 16, 2015 2:04 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidArkansas for the most part is a very poor, mostly rural state. Granted Wal Mart which is the worlds biggest retailer is headquartered in Bentonville which has helped develop and upgrade the hilly, NW corner of the state and will soon be on a new interstate route, I-49 in the near future. The rest of Arkansas is very impoverished and underdeveloped especially in the Ozark Mountain region. The backwardness and the lousy quality education has helped keep Arkansas firmly in the powerful grip of the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs in the right wing just like some of its neighbors like Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi.

    As a former Arkansas resident I agree with all of the above. But then puzzled why you lend your support to politicians who endorse this situation, and skewer those who try to change & improve things. You confuse me. icon_confused.gif