In announcing his decision on Wednesday to ask state lawmakers to modify the bill, H.B. 1228, Hutchinson revealed that his son had signed a widely circulated petition calling for him to veto it.
Gov. Hutchinson says his son argued that he should veto the “religious freedom” bill; acknowledges big generational divide.
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“What is important from an Arkansas standpoint,” Hutchinson said, “is one, we get the right balance, and secondly, we make sure that we communicate we’re not going to be a state that fails to recognize the diversity of our workplace, our economy and our future.”
The governor wants state lawmakers to add language to the bill that would prohibit private businesses or individuals from excluding or discriminating against gays and lesbians.
Seth Hutchinson responded to his father’s decision on Facebook, saying he was “proud to have made a small contribution to the overall effort to stop discrimination against the LGBT community in Arkansas.”