Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay dismissed complaints in a lawsuit that aimed to block a Dec. 9 special election to uphold or repeal Fayetteville’s new Civil Rights Administration ordinance.
Lindsay found that the ballot language submitted by petitioners is sufficient, and that it meets all requirements of state law. He said he did not believe it was misleading and that the choices were clear.
The ordinance, if upheld by voters on Dec. 9, would prohibit business owners and landlords from unjustly firing or evicting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status. It also creates a civil rights administrator position to receive and investigate complaints from residents who feel they are victims of those specific types of discrimination.