Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday had called for state lawmakers to recall a religious freedom bill and amend its language to mirror a long-standing federal law. The legislature gave final approval to a revised bill Thursday afternoon and the governor signed it within the hour.
Fearing the law could act as a cloak for discrimination, LGBT advocates, civil rights leaders, and even Apple CEO Tim Cook are asking the governor to veto the bill.
LGBT advocates have walked a fine line between trumpeting an LGBT-rights agenda and appealing to the conservative politics of the Southern state. The bill was delivered to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday afternoon.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he will allow the bill to become law, thereby preventing cities and counties from passing ordinances designed to protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, jobs, and businesses.
“I think there is no doubt it is going to pass,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Bart Hester, told BuzzFeed News.
The small town of Harrison has been home to a number of controversial billboards lately.
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Kyle Beebe was charged with pot possession in 2003 and served probation. He wrote a letter to his father asking for a pardon.
Republicans won at least four governorships. Democrats took one.
A powerful storm spawned tornadoes from Texas to Illinois, killing at least two people and injuring several others.
“No, you’re pretty and you’re not real. I’m real.”
One year ago, Kali Hardig went swimming at an Arkansas water park and the next day was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a rare, 99% fatal condition: a brain-eating amoeba. This is the miraculous story of how she lived.
“I decided that since those couples did not have the luxury of time to plan that, the one thing I could do to support them is to photograph as many weddings as I could,” Eilish Palmer said.
The marriage license was issued a day after Judge Chris Piazza ruled a decade-old ban is unconstitutional. Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith were the first couple to be married Saturday morning.
Dozens of tornadoes slammed communities in the central and southern states, killing at least 30 people on Sunday and Monday.
More than 65 tornadoes hit the U.S., killing 37 people.
In Arkansas, friends who met Clinton in the ’70s are tired of living the ’90s over and over again. The endless hunt for who Hillary Clinton really is. “Everything old is new again.”
Ya’ll can’t complain about much after you’ve been through the mud!
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Doug McMillon, the head of its International division, is set to take over the CEO reigns from Mike Duke on February 1. Here are 6 facts to help acquaint you with him.
Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse in Rogers, Ark., put up a controversial sign over the weekend that was removed just 45 minutes later “after getting several complaints from the public,” the restaurant’s owner said.
“I obviously supported the repeal of Obamacare and I still would like to repeal that law … repeal’s not gonna probably work when the guy in the White House is still named Barack Obama.”
Says he did not mean to blame Obama, Schumer and Pelosi.
There are fans, and then there are fans.
What’s good (and maybe not so good) about each of the 14 members of college football’s reigning power conference, in rough order of their expected finish.
Sen. Mark Pryor gets an assist from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to save him from Bloomberg’s money, then cuts the ribbon at an ammunition factory. Gun control advocates are fine with the factory thing, but not Gillibrand’s money. Welcome to Arkansas 2014.
For the price of one Wal-Mart share, you can see some of the biggest stars in music and movies perform. Here are 11 stars who have been guests at the big box retailer’s annual shareholder meeting.
An exciting Bible seminar.
When your team is ranked and gets crushed by University Louisiana-Monroe, your fans may lose their minds. That must be what happened here.