Please note what Indiana is doing — and what Arkansas is NOT doing — in making its anti-gay legislation more like the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our revised bill does not minimize chances of discrimination. Indiana’s does. From an AP report on Indiana’s action.
The Indiana amendment prohibits service providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or U.S. military service.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson was disingenuous yesterday when he said legislative proposals didn’t affect existing civil rights law. Indeed not. Those laws in Arkansas contain NO protection for LGBT people. And he allowed to become law a measure that prevents local governments from providing such protections.