Residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas, voted 52 to 48 percent to repeal Ordinance 119, an anti-discrimination policy, yesterday.
The ordinance was passed by the Fayetteville City Council in August, but opponents gathered over 5,000 signatures on a petition to place the repeal on a public ballot.
One member of Repeal 119 is a man who claims to be gay but opposes the equal rights that Ordinance 119 provided. The man appeared in a video posted on the Repeal 119 Facebook page.
A black bar covers his face for most of the video because he repeatedly says that he wants to remain "anonymous" but changes his mind at the end of the video and identifies himself as "Thomas Baker."
In the video, Baker warned that Ordinance 119 "has caused so many problems, it has ripped our town in half."
"[Ordinance] 119 steals everyone's constitutional freedoms," claimed Baker, who didn't name these lost freedoms.
"It is not going to stop discrimination; it's going to cost a lot of folks a lot of money in court and make the city a lot of money in fines," added Baker.
Baker was referring to people being fined for discriminating against LGBT and transgender people.
Ordinance 119 prohibited "discrimination in employment, housing, real estate transactions, city services, business transactions and public accommodations based on ‘race, ethnicity, national origin, age (if 18 years of age or older), gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.”
Ordinance 119 was written because a person can be fired and evicted from their home based on their sexual orientation in Arkansas.
Repeal 119 claimed that Ordinance 119 created an "environment where sexual predators can use the cover of an anti-discrimination law to enter previously gender-private areas causing a major public safety risk," noted OzarksFirst.com.
Earlier this year, Michelle Duggar, the mom on "19 Kids and Counting" on TLC, made a robocall (audio below) warning residents that men, including sex criminals, would be sharing public bathrooms with young girls if Ordinance 119 were the law, noted the Fayetteville Flyer.
“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” Duggar stated in the robocall. “I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
Duggar's robocalls were funded by the FreeFayetteville.org, a website that directs users to the conservative Christian Arkansas Family Council.