The Arkansas legislature has passed RFRA and now it is ready for the governor to sign, but Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he won’t sign it until changes are made to bring it more inline with the federal bill or something:
CNN – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law.
The first-term Republican governor said he wants his state “to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance.”
Hutchinson asked lawmakers to recall the law that the Arkansas House had given final approval on Tuesday — or to send him follow-up legislation that makes the changes he requested.
This shows how more than anything else Hutchinson fears what is happening in Indiana could come to his state. I understand the fear, but some things are just worth standing up to, like my rights to not be forced to participate in an unholy gay wedding.