Voices That Cannot Be Ignored: NWA Center for Equality Statement on HB 1228

“Arkansans have had enough. From the world’s biggest companies to individuals in small towns, we stand together against the inequalities that still exist in our state today. Governor Hutchinson showed that the voices of outraged citizens here and around the world can no longer be ignored. After weeks of insisting that HB 1228 exactly mirrors federal law, Governor Hutchinson now sees the harmful differences and says he will not sign this bill.

“This is a pivotal moment for Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson has an opportunity to reposition our state from injustice and discrimination to full equality for all Arkansans. We appreciate the change in his thinking and ask him to keep his word. Representative Bob Ballinger must finally agree to update his bill with language stating it cannot be used to undermine federal, state or local non-discrimination laws. (continued)

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Urgent: Religious Right-to-Discriminate Bill Heads to Senate for Vote

The "Conscience Protection Act" quietly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee late yesterday after the Committee previously voted no. As America watches Arkansas, we still believe in love and equality, not legal hate masked by religion. Now is the time to tell senators where you stand on HB 1228. The bill moves to the full Senate for a vote possibly as early as Thursday, March 26th.

After the vote yesterday, Sen. Linda Chesterfield said, "There is something very, very wrong when you allow religion to be the excuse for discrimination. That is exactly what we've allowed here to happen." Please stand with us against this anti-LGBTQ bill.

Contact info for Northwest Arkansas senators is listed below.