PRESS RELEASE 6/13/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/13/2016
RE: Orlando Shooting
We in Arkansans for Equality (AFE) would like to express our deepest sympathies to the survivors of the Orlando shooting. Such tragedies as these are overwhelming.

We wish to honor the dead by living the life they were denied. We must get out of bed. We must work our jobs, clean our houses, buy our groceries, have our friends, fall in love – We must live our lives in defiance of those who would wish we were dead.

For more information, contact Cathey Shoshone at cshoshone@gmail.com or (501) 309-8818 or Judd Mann at juddmann@gmail.com or (501) 413-7277

Orlando

PRESS RELEASE 2/23/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/23/2015
Arkansans for Equality (AFE) is offering free window stickers to business owners that oppose SB202 or HB1228, as well as “Straight People Only” window stickers for the bill’s supporters. To obtain stickers, visit Arkansansforequality.com or email us at Arkansansforequality@gmail.com and indicate which type of sticker you would like. We are willing to make reasonable design changes to them at request.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced his intention to allow SB202 to become law, and the provisions of the law include forbidding anti-discriminiation ordinances at the city level. SB202 is a controversial bill, and it is the opinion of AFE that SB202 allows and encourages discrimination, not only to LGBTQ communities, but to veterans, the elderly, and anyone that doesn’t already have protections.

Cathey Shoshone, cochair of Arkansans for Equality, has created stickers for businesses that wish to allow consumers to know where they are shopping. Shoshone says, “We certainly do not want to give our money to businesses that would discriminate against our loved ones. These are our family members, our close friends, our neighbors, and tax paying citizens that are being discriminated against. They are Arkansans and deserve equal treatment and protections. I stand by them as an ally.” A limited amount of stickers will be provided free of charge.

In the interest of equal time, Arkansans for Equality would also like to provide “Straight People Only” stickers to business owners that want them. AFE would also like to extend the offer to Jerry Cox and the Arkansas Family Council. Shoshone says “We want business owners to be able to communicate their preferences, and we want consumers to know where they’re shopping.”

For more information, contact Cathey Shoshone at cshoshone@gmail.com or (501) 309-8818 or Judd Mann at juddman@gmail.com or (501) 413-7277

PRESS RELEASE 5/15/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/14/2014
Arkansans for Equality (AfE), a Non-Profit Organization supporting equality for all Arkansans would like to take this opportunity to thank Judge Christopher Piazza. His decision in recognizing the equality and humanity of all Arkansans is applauded by those who share those values. We would also thank Attorneys Cheryl Maples and Jack Wagoner for accepting this case and fighting for justice.

In light of current events in the judicial system, we are suspending our 2014 Ballot Initiative. We would like to use our resources to support the plaintiffs, as well as other on-going equality projects.

However, the campaign for equality is far from over. The LGBTQ community still needs support, from school bullying to workplace discrimination. There is still work to be done. In the following days and weeks we will be coordinating with our fellow grass-roots organizers and activists to continue bringing equality to Arkansas.

Appreciation is not an adequate word to describe our feelings towards our supporters in this campaign. THANK YOU to our financial supporters who made this fight possible. We would also like to thank our volunteer canvassers who sacrificed their own time and money to take up our cause. At times these canvassers have been met with ridicule, other times with profound gratitude. We hope to work with all of you again in future campaigns.

Arkansans for Equality is a bipartisan organization founded in 2012. The organization’s belief is that all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity should be treated equally under the law and in every environment.

For more information, contact:
Judd Mann at (501) 413-7277 or juddmann@gmail.com
Cathey Shoshone at (501) 309-8818 or cshoshone@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE 1/30/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/30/2014

Arkansans for Equality (AfE), a Non-Profit Organization supporting equality for all Arkansans, has added Cathey Shoshone as co-chair. Cathey is replacing co-chair Christina Harrison. AfE co-chair Judd Mann said, “We are happy to have Cathey as part of our organization. She will bring new vigor to our organization as we collect signatures for the 2014 ballot to repeal Amendment 83 and bring marriage equality to all Arkansans.” Arkansans for Equality is a bipartisan organization founded in 2012. The organization’s belief is that all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity should be treated equally under the law and in every environment.

For more information, contact Judd Mann at (501) 413-7277 or juddmann@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE 9/19/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/19/2013

Arkansans for Equality (AfE), a Non-Profit Organization supporting equality for all Arkansans, is happy to announce that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has accepted our language for the 2014 ballot for the repeal of Amendment 83.

Amendment 83 denies marriage equality to all Arkansans by limiting same sex marriage, denying civil unions and not recognizing such marriages or unions from other states.

Founder Christina Harrison said, “I am pleased that the Arkansas Attorney General has approved Arkansans for Equality’s language for the 2014 ballot. Arkansas has acknowledged its constituents’ right to vote and have a voice in the democratic process. We cannot allow Arkansans to be discriminated against or be treated as second class citizens because of their sexual orientation.”

Co-chair Judd Mann said, “Arkansas has taken another step forward in securing, ‘liberty and justice for all.’ And now, to work! We must now get approximately 75,000 signatures for our initiative to appear on the 2014 ballot. We will soon be sending out canvassers to collect the signatures. We need you, our fellow Arkansans, ‘to tear down the closet door, and stand up and fight.’ Sign those petitions!”

Arkansans for Equality is a bipartisan organization founded in 2012. The organization’s belief is that all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity should be treated equally under the law and in every environment.

For more information, contact:
Judd Mann at (501) 413-7277 or juddmann@gmail.com
Christina Harrison at (501) 944-8258 or ctinaharrison@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE 6/27/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6/27/2013
Arkansans for Equality, a Non-Profit Organization supporting equality for all Arkansans, submitted ballot language for the 2014 ballot to the Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for the repeal of Amendment 83.

Amendment 83 denies marriage equality to all Arkansans by limiting same sex marriage, denying civil unions and not recognizing such marriages or unions from other states.

Judd Mann, co-chair of AfE, said, “We are excited the United States Supreme Court has found DOMA unconstitutional. We applaud our federal government, and now we urge our state government to recognize equality for all Americans must mean equality for all Arkansans. In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers stated that all men have the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When all Americans share those same human rights, only then are we truly are free.”

Arkansans for Equality is a bipartisan organization founded in 2012. The organization’s belief is that all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity should be treated equally under the law and in every environment.

For more information, contact Judd Mann at (501) 413-7277 or juddman@gmail.com

Language for Ballot Initiative to repeal Amendment 83 to the
Arkansas Constitution:

Popular Name: Repeal of Arkansas Marriage Amendment

Title: Proposed Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to Repeal Amendment 83, Which Limits the Definition of Marriage and Limits the Ability of the State of Arkansas to Recognize Civil Unions or Other Relationships Substantially Similar to Marriage; Which Limits the Rights of Arkansas Residents Married in Other Jurisdictions; Which Limits the Rights of Arkansas Residents Who Entered into Civil Unions in Other States; and Which Prevents Federal Laws Pertaining to the Rights of Married Persons being Applied in a Consistent Manner to Persons Living in Arkansas Who Were Married or Entered into Civil Unions Elsewhere; but Which Allows the Arkansas Legislature or Courts to Determine the Capacity of Persons to Marry, and to Regulate the Legal Rights, Obligations, Privileges and Immunities of Marriage, Subject to Federal Law.

Language: “Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution is hereby repealed.”