Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson should take note of Indiana fallout and veto similar anti-LGBT bill
WASHINGTON – Today over concerns of Indiana’s new anti-LGBT law, Angie’s List announced it was stopping its campus expansion project in Indianapolis. The so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” -- signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence despite protests from corporations and civil rights leaders -- has been widely condemned over concerns that it will allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities.
"We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future," said Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle in a press release. "Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
The release also indicated: “The company will begin reviewing alternatives for the expansion of its headquarters immediately.”
A similar law has been sent to the desk of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Despite widespread calls to veto the bill, Governor Hutchinson has said he will sign the dangerous anti-LGBT bill into law.
The bill in Arkansas has been opposed by Wal-Mart, Apple, and the Arkansas Municipal League for weeks. Following the enactment of the bill in Indiana, a wave of high-tech companies like Yelp and Salesforce—precisely the kinds of investment Governor Hutchinson has said he hopes to attract to the state—have condemned this kind of legislation.
Additionally, civil rights legend Julian Bond issued a statement explicitly condemning the Arkansas legislation.
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