Delay on the 'religion' bills | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Delay on the 'religion' bills

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 10:31 AM

House Judiciary hasn't convened yet. Word from the floor is that Gov. Asa Hutchinson is still talking to Sen. Gary Stubblefield, who has yet hadn't acceded to having his legislation reworked into a compromise on the "religious freedom" bills introduced to allow use of religion as an excuse to discriminate against gay people. The compromise wouldn't eliminate raising that argument against government (such as a clerk who didn't want to issue a marriage license to a gay couple or a government employee who wouldn't want to hire, say, a gay teacher), but it does remove some of the more pernicious aspects of the original legislation.

The fate of the legislation could rest with Gary Stubblefield. Or the governor. He could still veto HB 1228, you know, and then see if the legislature really does feel strongly enough on the issue to spit in the face of Walmart, Apple and most major businesses in the U.S.

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