State

  • Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
  • Adoption
    ✔ Legal
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

History

Homosexual activity in Arkansas

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Current status
(since Oct 29, 2001)
Legal
Supreme Court overturned 1977 law banning homosexual activity
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Same-sex marriage in Arkansas

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2015)
Legal
The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
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Nov 2, 2004–Jun 26, 2015
Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Also note that it does not matter where a same-sex couple was married, Arkansas states that all such marriages are void in the eyes of the state.
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Right to change legal gender in Arkansas

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Jan 1, 2002–Jul 9, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Requires surgery to change birth certificates. changes pending. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Current status
(since 2002)
Legal, but requires surgery
Arkansas will amend after receipt of a court order verifying that they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery and that their names have been changed.
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Same-sex adoption in Arkansas

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Current status
(since Apr 7, 2011)
Legal
Originally banned in a measure on a ballot, but Arkansas Supreme Court Overruled. Any unmarried individual may petition for adoption, and any married individuals must petition jointly before the court. While the Supreme Court of Arkansas has struck down bans to limit same-sex adoption on privacy grounds, all adoption cases are handled on a case by case basis before a lower court judge. Lower courts have a history of hostile rulings for same-sex adoptive parents as displayed in Larson v. Larson, 902 S.W.2d 254 (App. 1995).
Sources:
google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q…
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/arkansas
Larson v. Larson, 902 S.W.2d 254 (App. 1995)
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LGBT discrimination in Arkansas

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Jul 31, 2016–Jul 7, 2018
No protections
None exist.
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Current status
(since Jan 1, 2013)
No protections
At this time there is no discrimination protection at the State level
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LGBT employment discrimination in Arkansas

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Dec 16, 2014–Jun 20, 2018
Ambiguous
under section VII sex discrimination protection includes gender identity.
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Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Arkansas

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Current status
No protections
This state does not provide any legal protections from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.

However, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted
housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Arkansas

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Current status
(since Sep 20, 2011)
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Arkansas

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Jan 1, 1983–Jun 7, 2018
Banned (1-year deferral)
Federally.
Sources:
No
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Current status
(since 1983)
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Though the deferral impacts all MSMs who have had sex with a man since 1977, the policy did not go into effect until 1983. The policy applied retroactively to 1977.
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Equal age of consent in Arkansas

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Current status
(since 2001)
Equal
Equal age of consent is 16.
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Conversion therapy in Arkansas

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Sep 28, 2016–Jun 17, 2018
Not banned
Conversion therapy ban pending.
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Current status
Ambiguous
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it. Though it's not actually ambiguous (It is in fact legal), this is the best indicator of the available options.
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