Walmart Requests That Gov. Hutchinson Veto Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Retail-giant Walmart requested on Tuesday (March 31) that Gov. Asa Hutchinson veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Every day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. “It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual. Today’s passage of [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold.”

The bill, also known as HB 1228, passed the House on Tuesday and now heads to the governor’s desk for a signature.

If passed, HB 1228 would prevent state and local governments from infringing upon someone’s religious beliefs without a “compelling” interest. Opponents of the measure say it will allow widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians.

2 comments

  • malicewaltoon

    Whatever, Walmart — y’all are a bunch of overpaid hypocrites, but that is par for the course for NWA. Doug McMillion$ is only speaking out because the law affects the company’s bottom-line, not because it is the right thing to do; this profits-before-people mindset is the Walmart Way of today. Far too many Home Officers are Cross Church cultists and Fellowship Bible beaters who blindly support the passage of this law. Corporate evangelism is alive and well in Northwest Arkansas.

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