Despite Attempts at Change, Turning Away Gays Is Legal

Posted: March 2, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Reporters from across the country were waiting when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer emerged from a day of private meetings to veto a bill defending business owners who turn away gay couples or other customers for religious reasons.

At a Glance

Discrimination Protection

Northwest Arkansas groups are divided in whether they prohibit discrimination against customers and employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Most don’t.

With the protection:

• University of Arkansas

• Walmart (also protects gender identity)

• Tyson Foods

Without the protection:

• Bentonville

• Rogers

• Springdale

• Fayetteville

• Benton County

• Washington County

• J.B. Hunt Transport

Source: Staff Report

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