Arkansans gather in opposition to discriminatory HB 1228Around the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Monday, March 30th, 2015
Sunday, Arkansans from various backgrounds gathered in Little Rock for an emergency meeting to stand against H.B. 1228– an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state.
After a formal procedural hurdle, the bill will be on its way to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. HRC has repeatedly called on the governor to veto this legislation, including at a press conference Thursday. The bill could be signed as early as Monday.
The bill has been opposed by Wal-Mart, Apple, and the Arkansas Municipal League for weeks. Last week, following the enactment of a similar bill in Indiana, a wave of high-tech companies like Yelp and Salesforce—precisely the kinds of investment Gov. Hutchinson has said he hopes to attract to the state—have condemned this kind of legislation.
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