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Coming poll with Arkansas views on gay equality

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GRANT TENNILLE: To join news conference on equality
  • GRANT TENNILLE: To join news conference on 'equality' poll.
I'll update a 10 a.m. news conference on what's described as a bipartisan poll of Arkansas attitudes on equality for gay people in the aftermath of the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage. I note that participants include Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

I won't put words in Tennille's mouth. But there are a lot of brainy, accomplished people who might not want to relocate themselves or their businesses in states that discriminate against them.

UPDATE: News release follows

NEWS RELEASE

The Human Rights Campaign — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization — will be participating in a news conference today at 10am to unveil a bipartisan poll of Arkansas’ attitudes on equality following the historic decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arkansas native and HRC President Chad Griffin will be in Little Rock to discuss the poll, Court decisions, and next steps in the movement for greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Arkansas.

Confirmed speakers at the news conference include:

Rep. Deborah Ferguson
Rep. Greg Leding
Kathy Webb, Former State Rep; Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Ty Stacey, Student at the University of Arkansas
Grant Tennille, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
James Rector, Board president, Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality
Ruth Shepherd, Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas

Where: Arkansas State Capitol Building Rotunda

500 Woodlane Dr.

Little Rock, AR 72201

When: 10:00 am

Following the news conference, Griffin will headline a discussion with Kathy Webb at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on the Supreme Court decisions and the state of LGBT equality in Arkansas.

Where: University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

When: 12:00 pm

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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