The anti-gay group that fought Fayetteville’s adoption of a city civil rights ordinance that protected, among others, people of different sexual orientation, has lost its bid to get a Circuit Judge Doug Martin to block implementation of the ordinance while the legal challenge is underway.

The ordinance takes effect Saturday, according to this report from 40/29.

The group fighting the ordinance has vowed to carry its challenge through the state Supreme Court if necessary. It contends civil rights protection abridges religious freedom to discriminate against gay people. It will also argue that a state law backed by anti-gay Republican legislators prohibited such local ordinances. Other attorneys differ with that opinion. The judge’s refusal to issue an injunction suggests he didn’t see a probability of success of the lawsuit.