As expected, the Arkansas Supreme Court today denied without comment a request that it reconsider its earlier decisions holding a Fayetteville ordinance extending civil rights protection to LGBT people was in conflict with state law.

The Supreme Court said the state law aimed at pre-empting local ordinances such as Fayetteville’s controlled. That decision didn’t address, because it wasn’t raised decided at the trial court level, the question of whether barring protections for LGBT people amounted to impermissible discrimination under the U.S. Constitution.


Parties to the case have said they were considering ways to raise the constitutional issue in a new action.