Fayetteville First City to Reject Gay Agenda Ordinance
A national campaign by the so-called "Human Rights Campaign" to pass city ordinances that would enact punitive measures on businesses which did not submit to the homosexual/transgender agenda met its first defeat in Fayetteville last night. The measure, largely the brain-child of "Human Rights Campaign" founder and accused child rapist Terry Bean, called for a city commission to assess daily fines on local businesses which failed to accommodate homosexuals and transgendered persons to the degree an appointed commission felt they should.
In other cities, this has included forcing business owners to permit patrons to use whatever restroom they felt they identified with that day rather than their actual sex. Opponents pointed to several reports of predatory males using the cover of the ordinance to gain access to women's restrooms in order to victimize women. It was the battle over the same type of ordinance which led the lesbian Mayor of Houston Texas to attempt to subpoena the sermons of five area churches.
The Human Rights Campaign had targeted 200 cities. mostly with large universities like Fayetteville, where they set a goal of seeing the ordinance enacted. Though the ordinance remains controversial in many cities they were more than halfway towards accomplishing that goal without a single defeat, until now. In Fayetteville's case, they persuaded the City Council to vote it in over the protests of those who felt it should go to the ballot. A provision in the city charter allowed citizens to place a repeal of any ordinance on the ballot if they got the required signatures. Opponents did so, and the special election was held last night. Despite an all-out effort of the city council, and the far better organization of the pro-ordinance side, the ordinance was repealed by a 52% to 48% vote. This makes Fayetteville Arkansas the first such city to reject the proposal.
Not only was this noteworthy because it represents the first time in the nation citizens have successfully pushed back against this aggressive effort to use state force to demand compliance, but several other noteworthy things occurred.
One was that this was the first time I have ever seen a side down so much in early voting come back and win. Early voting was heavy for the type of election it was, and the pro-ordinance side (due to their superior organization) had a twelve point lead. They went from being up by twelve in early voting to losing by four overall. I have never seen that happen. The overall results are virtually always within three points of the early voting.
The second notable from this event is what led to the first: Churches were actually being churches. Local churches stepped up and told their congregations about the special election and urged them to go to the polls and vote to repeal the measure. Readers of this space will know that I am not a fan of churches being captured by politicians or political parties, but speaking the truth on issues is one thing they ought to be doing. That is why the pro-ordinance side won early voting, but lost big on election day. Most voters for the pro-freedom side did not even know there was an election until Sunday.
The third notable was that the Republican Party did not accomplish this repeal, it was local citizens reverting to the novel concept of self-government. The local Republican Party had no role, they basically sat this one out, though some of the best workers in the repeal effort were also members of a Republican Women's group. I stopped by the victory party and saw all kinds of people there, Republicans, Democrats, and Awake.
The last notable is the decption. The proponents of this measure were all about the homosexual agenda, but they masked what they were doing as a campaign for "equality" and "civil rights". They tried to hide in a crowd of other groups, groups not based on behavior such as race, where there is still guilt and a stigma to racism. I have to believe that many people who voted for this ordinance to stay in place did not really understand what they were voting for. They just heard the right buzzwords.