This spring, bills targeting LGBT citizens swept state legislatures across the country. In Arkansas, the legislature was considering a so-called “religious freedom act” that would have limited equal rights in Arkansas. The bill allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT people, people of color, women, and others whose identities might offend their personal, religious convictions.
HRC and Arkansas Public Policy Panel fought back and enlisted Winning Connections to mobilize Arkansas voters to oppose the measure. We mobilized thousands of constituents to urge their representatives to oppose the bill. Constituents demanded, “Please stand up for civil rights in Arkansas. Only vote yes on legislation that explicitly protects the civil rights of all Arkansas residents.” Winning Connection ensured that opposition grew louder and louder.
It was a hard won battle, but ultimately, legislators responded to constituent pressure and the governor signed a version protecting the rights of all citizens.
In addition to fighting the “religious freedom” bill and promoting equal rights in Arkansas, Winning Connections worked to defeat similar measures in Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana.