Arkansas Considers Its Own Religious Freedom Bill

Lawmakers in Indiana are scrambling to clarify a religious freedom law amid a national firestorm. But their counterparts in Arkansas are pushing ahead with a similar measure — and the governor says he'll sign it.
Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning. A final vote in the state House could come later in the day.
The Indiana law, enacted last week, and the proposed Arkansas law were presented as ways to keep government from infringing on religion. But opponents say they could be used as cover for discrimination, allowing businesses to refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers.
In Arkansas, Walmart issued a statement saying that the legislation "sends the wrong message about Arkansas" and runs counter to the company's belief in "respecting differences and being inclusive of all people."



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