As I reported yesterday, Arkansas wants to turn back time too. But almost immediately after lawmakers in Arkansas approved a “religious freedom” bill yesterday, very similar to Indiana’s controversial legislation, the state’s biggest paycheck, Walmart, called on Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto it. Doug McMillon, CEO of the Arkansas-based mega-giant said:
“Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold. For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation.”
Walmart, the No. 1 Fortune 500 company, joins a list of high-profile institutions, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who have discouraged Hutchinson from signing the bill. Your move governor. He now has to decide if he wants Mike Pence’s headache and he is supposed to do that today. And if he doesn’t flinch and signs it, what will you do Walmart – move?
UPDATE: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) just announced he will NOT sign a controversial religious liberty bill because he wants lawmakers to make changes….but he didn’t say WHAT changes. Stay tuned.