Dear Arkansas MoveOn member,
Yesterday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson refused to sign HB 1228, the “religious freedom” bill passed by the House and Senate that could make discrimination legal, and he sent it back to the Arkansas Legislature, telling legislators they must rework the bill for it to be signed into law. You stood up for justice—and Gov. Hutchinson heard you.
Just days ago, Gov. Hutchinson was still saying he would sign the bill as is1, but progressives didn’t back down.
More than 20,000 MoveOn members—including Gov. Hutchinson’s son2—signed the petition started by a fellow member from Arkansas, Gayle Paschall, urging the governor to reject the legislation. On Monday, Gayle, along with hundreds of members of the Human Rights Campaign, delivered your signatures to make sure your voices were heard. Then, businesses like Wal-Mart and NASCAR came out publicly against the legislation.3
The House and Senate will send back a reworked bill soon, so it’s crucial we keep up the pressure.
Will you make a call now to thank Gov. Hutchinson for refusing to sign the discriminatory bill and tell him not to sign any bill that discriminates?
Here’s where to call:
Governor Asa Hutchinson:
You can say something like:
I am an Arkansas resident, and I want to thank Gov. Hutchinson for listening to Arkansans opposed to HB 1228. We cannot allow discrimination in Arkansas. I am urging Gov. Hutchinson to make sure any bill he does sign respects the rights and freedoms of all Arkansans and explicitly protects gay and lesbian families from discrimination.
Then, report your call here: http://civ.moveon.org/call?cp_id=2218&tg=932.
Across the country, MoveOn members are stepping up to stop these bills that could open the door to making discrimination legal. In Indiana, more than 100,000 people have signed a petition demanding their governor veto the legislation, and campaigns in Georgia, Alabama, and Michigan are gaining steam.
We are making a difference—and we can’t stop.
What happens in the coming days and weeks is up to us. Please, help keep the pressure up by making a call right now.
Thanks for all you do.
–Maria, Ben O., Victoria, Corinne, and the rest of the team
1. “Emergency meeting calling on Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto HB 1228,” KTHV, March 29, 2015
2. “Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson influenced by son, Seth,” CNN, April 1, 2015
3. “Wal-Mart slams Arkansas ‘religious freedom’ law,” Politico, April 1, 2015
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