Arkansas Governor Decides He Doesn’t Want to Be Yelled At

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Photo: Danny Johnston/AP/Corbis

After watching Indiana be rebuked by other state leaders, corporations, sports organizations, nonprofits, and celebrities for two days, Governor Asa Hutchinson decided not to sign a similar religious-freedom bill passed by Arkansas’s state legislature. He said that he wanted Arkansas “to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance” and asked lawmakers to craft something new “similar to what is at the federal level” before he’ll consider it. Walmart happens to be based in Arkansas, and it publicly opposed the law. 

AR Gov Decides He Doesn’t Want to Be Yelled At