Hillary Clinton: Arkansas Bill ‘Goes Beyond Protecting Religion’
Hillary Clinton was among the politicians, CEOs and celebrities who came out strongly against Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law last week, writing on Twitter that she finds it “sad” that LGBT Americans can still be discriminated against in this way:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2015
Now that a similar law has been passed by the legislature in her former home state of Arkansas, Clinton is speaking out again, this time urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) to veto it before it becomes law. She wrote:
Like IN law, AR bill goes beyond protecting religion, would permit unfair discrimination against #LGBT Americans. I urge Governor to veto.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 1, 2015
It has been a little more than two years since Clinton expressed her public support for same-sex marriage. “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans,” she said in a video message in March 2013.
While it likely had nothing to do with Clinton’s pleas, Gov. Hutchinson did announce during a press conference Wednesday morning that he will not sign the bill as written and has asked the legislature to make changes in an effort to prevent discrimination.
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