I posted earlier today about the Arkansas legislature voting overwhelmingly for a state version of the RFRA, a law that would permit people of faith to live their faith publicly. Governor Asa Hutchinson (@) has said he won’t sign the current bill.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he would not sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the Republican legislature Tuesday as it’s currently construed. Like the Indiana law, the Arkansas measure allows persons who feel their religious freedom is “substantially burdened” to fight an order in court—and persons include corporations. Opposition has been fierce from those who say it’s anti-gay. His son also signed a petition calling for the governor to veto the bill. Even Arkansas-based Wal-Mart weighed in. “Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers, and communities we serve,” a Wal-Mart spokesperson said. In a press conference Wednesday, Hutchinson said he wants the Arkansas bill to more closely resemble the federal law.
Perhaps this isn’t surprising. After the beating and subsequent folding by Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Hutchinson may have decided that taking on the gay lobby and WalMart was just too much. Oh, and his son wants him to veto the bill, so I guess that is a huge reason to. Just because Hutchinson doesn’t sign the bill doesn’t mean much. It goes into effect without his signature if he fails to act. It is also notable that Hutchinson has not said he will veto the law.
All this behavior on the part of the moral cowards who have insinuated themselves into leadership roles in the GOP is encourage more bad behavior by the left. Rather than taking these specious and utterly bull**** hypotheticals seriously, both Pence and Hutchinson should simply shut up and move on.