Walmart opposes 'conscience' bill aimed at protecting gay discrimination | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Walmart opposes 'conscience' bill aimed at protecting gay discrimination

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:36 AM

Walmart has been heard from on House Bill 1228 by Rep. Bob Ballinger, which — in the name of "conscience" — would protect those who discriminate against gay people in employment, housing and public accommodation.

Walmart's objections were similar to those voiced to SB 202 AFTER that bill became law and barred local ordinances to protect gay people.

HB 1228 has passed the House and is on a Senate committee agenda this morning, though Gov. Asa Hutchinson's reservations yesterday included a comment that amendments were possible.

Andrew DeMillo of AP quotes Walmart:

"While HB1228 will not change how we treat our associates and operate our business, we feel this legislation is also counter to our core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," Wal-Mart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said in a statement.

Not quite as late as on the other bill, but still late. I intend to ask if the statement was volunteered or solicited.

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