Monday, March 30, 2015

Arkansas Wants to Discriminate Too!

After all the recent, hideous news out of Indiana, Arkansas is trying to jump on the discrimination bandwagon...

House Bill 1228, which was blocked by a Senate committee in February, passed out of that committee last week after a member changed his vote, then passed the full Senate Friday. The House, which had OK’d a previous version of the legislation, now needs to approve amendments made by the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee approved those this morning, moving the measure to a vote by the full House, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will sign the bill into law.

The legislation would forbid the state to “substantially burden” a person’s religious practices unless there is a compelling government interest in doing so. Its definition of person also includes businesses and organizations, meaning it would allow them to turn away customers who somehow offend the proprietor’s religious beliefs — for instance, same-sex couples seeking wedding-related goods or services, or people who practice a different faith. It is similar to laws enacted recently in Indiana and last year in Mississippi.

The Arkansas ACLU has responded and hits the nail on the head...

“They’re running scared because they see equality coming, and that’s what this is all about,” said ACLU of Arkansas legal director Holly Dixon.

Read The Story HERE

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