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Friday, June 26, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas will comply fully with marriage decision, though he doesn't like it

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has issued a statement accepting the finality of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality and pledging state compliance. He doesn't like it much.

"Today the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision requires the State of Arkansas to recognize same-sex marriage. This decision goes against the expressed view of Arkansans and my personal beliefs and convictions. While my personal convictions will not change, as Governor I recognize the responsibility of the state to follow the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of this ruling, I will direct all state agencies to comply with the decision.

“It is also important to note that the Supreme Court decision is directed at the states to allow and recognize marriage between two people of the same sex. It is not a directive for churches or pastors to recognize same-sex marriage. The decision for churches, pastors and individuals is a choice that should be left to the convictions of conscience."

Note he said "view of Arkansans." Not all of them. And leaving individuals the choice to follow convictions of conscience? Does that mean an employer could refuse to hire someone because they were married to a same-sex partner? It's legal in Arkansas now.

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