March 31, 2015 5:12 pm -


They can’t even look around and see what’s happening in this country. They can’t see how out of step this is. They can’t see even the business community objecting. They can’t see that no one is complaining about having their religious liberties compromised. But they do it anyway.

The bill, passed when the General Assembly concurred on three amendments from the State Senate, now goes to the state’s Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, who expressed reservations about an earlier bill but more recently said he would sign the measure if it “reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states.” The Arkansas Senate passed the measure last week.

While there were several attempts up until the last minute to add a clause to the bill that would explicitly bar discrimination of gays and lesbians, a measure that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana pledged to push through his Legislature, the sponsors of the bill in the Arkansas General Assembly rejected such moves.

”If you start shaving out exemptions in laws, next thing you know, you’ll gut the law because everyone will want an exemption,” said State Senator Bart Hester, a Republican and one if the bill’s lead supporters.

Business resistance to the bills in both states continued to ratchet up, with Gap and Levi Strauss joining Walmart, Apple, Yelp and other major corporations in expressing disapproval. On Monday, the chief executive of Acxiom, a marketing technology company based in Little Rock that employs nearly 1,600 statewide, urged the governor to veto a bill that was “a deliberate vehicle for enabling discrimination.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Arkansas House Passes Indiana-Style ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

  1. mea_mark March 31st, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Oh goody, now we get to see how stupid the people of Arkansas are. This is like dumb and dumber, only it’s not a movie, it’s real life.

    • rg9rts April 1st, 2015 at 4:17 am

      They are going top adopt a Kansas budget too

  2. William March 31st, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Welcome to Arkansas

  3. Bunya March 31st, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Nobody’s really surprised, are they? It is, after all, Arkansas. The only other state that a might pass the “bigotry practiced here” law would be Alabama.

    • Larry Schmitt March 31st, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      No one will outdo Mississippi.

  4. whatthe46 March 31st, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    i am sadden by this. WHY? WHY would they jump on this fk’n bandwagon? so stupid and unneccessary!

  5. whatthe46 March 31st, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    i am sadden by this. WHY? WHY would they jump on this fk’n bandwagon? so stupid and unneccessary!

  6. Obewon March 31st, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Arkansas. The Wal*Mart stores and state to boycott!

  7. Apocalypse March 31st, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    If the governor signs the bill knowing what’s happening to Pence and Indiana…he’s crazy.

  8. rg9rts April 1st, 2015 at 4:15 am

    RRWNJs never understand,,,,

  9. Warman1138 April 1st, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Freedom is a fine and wonderful word, till it’s used to deny it to others.