Arkansas Poised to Adopt Religious Freedom Law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson now has to decide if he wants Mike Pence's headache. The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage from businesses, sports organizations and popular culture figures who said it opened the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. Hutchinson, a Republican in his first year in office, said Monday that he'd sign the measure -- but that was when lawmakers were still trying to find tweaks that ultimately eluded them. He said then, "If this bill reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states then I will sign it."
A Hutchinson spokesman told CNN that the governor will release a public statement announcing what he's decided to do Wednesday morning -- likely around 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. He said there will be no public signing ceremony.



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