Tag Archives: Asa Hutchinson

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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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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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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ARKANSAS: Walmart Weighs In Too Late

After a strong social media campaign by activists, late yesterday Walmart finally denounced the Arkansas bill that bans LGBT rights statewide. Via the Associated Press: “Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve. It all starts with the core basic belief of respect for the individual. …

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Arkansas Governor: There Will Be No Veto

Via the Arkansas Times: Last-minute pleas that Gov. Asa Hutchinson veto SB 202, the gay discrimination legislation, won’t affect the outcome. I inquired of his press spokesman, J.R. Davis, if there was any chance the governor might change his position to allow the bill to become law, albeit without his signature. The succinct response: “The Governor’s position will not change.” …

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Cher Has Your Back, Arkansas

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ARKANSAS: LGBT Groups Issue Last Minute Veto Plea To Governor

Two weeks ago the Arkansas legislature approved a bill that would ban any municipality from enacting LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances. Without a veto from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, that law goes into effect tomorrow. Yesterday Lambda Legal, the ACLU, GLAD, and the NCLR issued a last-minute plea to Hutchinson. SB 202 was passed to thwart cities like Fayetteville and Eureka Springs that …

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ARKANSAS: Brother Of Anti-Gay State Rep Comes Out Against LGBT Rights Ban

Last week the Arkansas legislature approved a bill that would ban any municipality from enacting an LGBT rights ordinance. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said that he will allow the bill the become law without his signature, prompting a social media campaign urging him to issue a veto. The gay brother of state Rep. Charlie Collins yesterday posted a public letter …

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