Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires surgery
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    ✖ Not banned
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Arkansas

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Homosexual activity in Arkansas is legal.

Current status
Since 2002
Legal
In Arkansas in 2002 there was a state supreme court hearing about homosexual activities (sodomy), about a 1977 law that forbid the acts. It was overturned, and it is now currently legal. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that homosexual acts are legal, and any imprisonment with the 1977 law would be released.
Illegal (other penalty)
In 1977 Sodomy was illegal in all 50 states, Arkansas had laws against sodomy. Sodomy was defined as homosexual acts, laws where repelled when the supreme court took on a case from 2002, Lawrence v. Texas. Supreme court ruled that all forms of punishment by sodomy was illegal, and homosexual acts are legal.
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Same-sex marriage in Arkansas

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Same-sex marriage in Arkansas is legal.

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
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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Censorship of LGBT issues in Arkansas

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Arkansas is state-enforced.

Current status
Since Mar 14, 2023
State-enforced
Mentioning gender identity or sexual orientation to students before grade 5 is banned.
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Until Mar 14, 2023
No censorship
LGBTQ discussion allowed in all schools, in some contexts, parents get permission slips to decide whether their student will be part of a lesson.
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Right to change legal gender in Arkansas

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Right to change legal gender in Arkansas is legal, but requires surgery.

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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Gender-affirming care in Arkansas

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Gender-affirming care in Arkansas is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 20, 2023
Legal
The "SAFE Act" was struck down by a federal judge, legalizing transition for any medically approved age.
Apr 6, 2021–Jun 20, 2023
Legal, but banned for minors
The state legislature passed the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act." This law prohibits any person under 18 from receiving gender-affirming care. The law passed despite a gubernatorial veto. This was the first ever bill passed in the United States that outlawed gender-affirming care for people under the age of 18.
Until Apr 6, 2021
Legal
Before April 6th, 2022, there were no gender-affirming care bans in Arkansas.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Arkansas

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Arkansas is not legally recognized.

Current status
Since Oct 2023
Not legally recognized
Governor Huckabee in 2023 removed all access of the gender X on all drivers licenses. She was quoted saying “As long as I’m governor, Arkansas state government will not endorse nonsense.”. As of Oct 2023, Transgender and non-binary people will have to register as M or F on their drivers licenses.
Jan 1, 2010–Oct 1, 2023
Recognized
Arkansas rolled out its gender policy quietly in 2010. "Our official policy is to allow a licensee to change their gender as requested, no questions asked, no documentation required." -former Assistant Commissioner of Operations and Administration Mike Munns.

Arkansas residents were thus able to change their marker on their driver's license (including to an X) since 2010, but this has only started being known since 2018.
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LGBT discrimination in Arkansas

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LGBT discrimination in Arkansas is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
No protections
LGBTQ Discrimination rights for employment are protected federally under Supreme court rulling in 2020, however states still are obligated to their own laws. Meaning states can still pass protection laws or not. Arkansas has no known protections.
Sources:
nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out…
nicic.gov/weblink/supreme-c…~:text=The%20U.S.%20Supreme%20Court%20on,employment%20protections%20cover%20LGBT%20employees.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Arkansas

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LGBT employment discrimination in Arkansas is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Protected federally under a Supreme Court ruling.
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Until Jun 15, 2020
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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LGBT housing discrimination in Arkansas is no protections.

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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Same-sex adoption in Arkansas

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Same-sex adoption in Arkansas is legal.

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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Intersex infant surgery in Arkansas

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Intersex infant surgery in Arkansas is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Arkansas has not made an attempt to ban intersex infant surgeries, hospitals may offer it under DSDs. Intersex is also classed under Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and may not be offered unless it's medically necessary like giving the child medical issues that need to be addressed, like endangering the child's life span.

Serving openly in military in Arkansas

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Serving openly in military in Arkansas is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 25, 2020
Legal
President Biden removed former President Trumps ban on transgender people serving in the military, transgender people are still allowed to serve as of 2024.
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Jul 26, 2017–Jan 25, 2020
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Former President Trump said in a slew of tweets in 2017, that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military. He then talked with the Chiefs of Staff, making it full ban for transgender people. Policy stated, if transgender people were in the military already, they could serve under a gender dysphoria diagnoses.
Sources:
aclu.org/news/lgbtq-rights/…
americanoversight.org/docum…
documentcloud.org/documents… *Documents of the emails that the service members asking about the ban*
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Sep 20, 2011–Jul 26, 2017
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.

Blood donations by MSMs in Arkansas

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Blood donations by MSMs in Arkansas is legal.

Current status
Since May 11, 2023
Legal
The new FDA policy on blood donation eliminates deferrals and screening questions specific to men who have sex with men (MSM). Prospective donors will be asked the same set of questions regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.
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Apr 2, 2020–May 11, 2023
Banned (less than 6-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the non-binding FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
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Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
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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Conversion therapy in Arkansas

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Conversion therapy in Arkansas is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it.

Equal age of consent in Arkansas

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Equal age of consent in Arkansas is equal.

Current status
Since 2001
Equal
Equal age of consent is 16.
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