LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A national group is touting Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays and lesbians as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify discrimination.


The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday planned to announce its "Equality is Our Business" program at a news conference in North Little Rock. The group says the program is aimed at advancing protections in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The move comes a week after House-backed legislation that supporters said would prevent state and local government from infringing on someone's religious beliefs failed before a Senate panel.

HRC and other opponents of the bill said it would sanction bias by businesses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.