Tag Archives: Arkansas

ARKANSAS: Two State Supreme Court Justices Recuse From Marriage Case

Via Arkansas News: Two Arkansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday recused themselves from a newly created case to determine how the court should proceed in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Both of the justices said they see no need for the new case, and one accused the court’s majority of creating the new case as a …

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Eighth Circuit Court Sets May 12th Details For Marriage Cases Out Of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, & South Dakota

It seems unlikely that we’d get a decision before the Supreme Court. But we’ve been surprised many times.

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ARKANSAS: Pro-LGBT Church Banned From Eureka Springs Easter Parade

Ozarks First reports: Eureka Springs Celebrate Jesus Easter parade made its way through downtown Saturday afternoon, but one church was left on the sidelines. First United Methodist of Eureka Springs applied to be in the parade, and was initially accepted. One week before the parade, however, they were told they were no longer welcome. Church member Suzie Bell believes it’s …

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ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson Signs Amended Version Of RFRA Bill

CNN reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a religious freedom measure into law on Thursday after state lawmakers overhauled their proposal so that it mirrors the federal law. In the wake of intense backlash against a similar law in Indiana, first-term Republican governor had rejected the first version Arkansas lawmakers had sent to his desk, instead asking for two tweaks …

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IBM Joins Gay Borg, Denounces RFRA

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Jake Tapper Battles Double-Talking Author Of Arkansas License To Discriminate Bill

This was recorded before the revised version of the bill was approved late last night by the Arkansas Senate. Watch this guy babble and deflect in some truly Pence-ian doublespeak and note how he repeatedly says “homosexual” rather than “gay.” I’m sure he thinks we find that insulting.

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ARKANSAS: Senate Approves Amended RFRA “Nearly Identical” To Fed Version

Via Arkansas Online: The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday night approved transmitting two amended existing bills to the House that add language that mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Senate Bills 229 and 975 as amended serve as potential compromises to House Bill 1228, a bill opponents say could allow for discrimination against gay people while the bill’s main sponsor …

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Todd Starnes Has The Walmart Sadz

This one is definitely a boycott threat.

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ARKANSAS: Activists Rally For Changes To License To Discriminate Bill

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Tony Perkins Has The Walmart Sadz

That looks like a boycott threat! (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

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Quote Of The Day – Seth Hutchinson

“I am happy that my Dad is now calling on legislators to rework HB 1228. I had communicated with him my opposition to the bill, along with thousands of other Arkansans and concerned citizens around the country. I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the overall effort to stop discrimination against the LGBT community in Arkansas, the state …

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ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson Won’t Sign RFRA Bill Unless There Are Changes

Hutchinson opened his press conference by noting that his own son had signed the petition asking him to issue a veto. The influence of Walmart in today’s decision cannot be underestimated.

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LIVE VIDEO: Arkansas Governor Holds Press Conference On Anti-Gay RFRA Bill

At 10:30AM local time Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will hold a press conference on his state’s license to discriminate bill, which was sent to his desk yesterday by the Arkansas House. Hutchinson has vowed to sign the bill, but that was before Walmart stomped into the issue yesterday wearing their trillion-dollar boots. Watch live here. UPDATE: Here’s the full video.

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ARKANSAS: Walmart Tells Governor To Veto License To Discriminate Bill

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Brian Brown: Don’t Let Bullies Intimidate Arkansas Like They Did With Indiana

From Brian Brown: Dear Marriage Supporter, DON’T LET THEM DO TO ARKANSAS WHAT THEY DID TO INDIANA! Minutes ago Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill. We know the other side is going to try to bully and intimidate Governor Hutchinson out of signing this bill. The time to act is NOW! Support Governor Hutchinson and urge him to Not be …

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ARKANSAS: State House Sends Anti-Gay License To Discriminate Bill To Desk Of GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson

Via Arkansas Online: Arkansas’s Religion Freedom Restoration Act was approved by the state’s House of Representatives on Tuesday in a final vote before it heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. Hutchinson has said repeatedly he will sign the measure into law despite opponents who have called it discriminatory and a backlash against similar legislation in Indiana that has that state’s …

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HRC To Silicon Valley: Oppose The Arkansas License To Discriminate Bill

Published yesterday in the San Jose Mercury News. A digital version of the ad is also running on  tech websites and sites owned by the Wall Street Journal.

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ARKANSAS: Senate Approves Anti-Gay License To Discriminate Bill, Gov. Asa Hutchinson Says He Plans To Sign It

Arkansas Online reports: The chamber voted 24-7 to approve House Bill 1228, the Conscience Protection Act, a day after representatives from the Human Rights Campaign spoke out against the bill in Little Rock and called it discriminatory. HB1228’s lead sponsor, state Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, has said the bill will shift Arkansas to a strict scrutiny standard, which makes it …

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Federal Court Blocks Medical Leave For Married Gay Couples In Four States

Last night a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against a recently-issued Labor Department policy that grants family medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples in states that forbid same-sex marriage. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: In a 24-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued the preliminary injunction based on the …

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