LITTLE ROCK, AR – Minutes after the Arkansas House passed an amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed it.
“This is something every Arkansan can be proud of. It is bipartisan. Protects religious freedom,” said the governor before taking pen in hand and signing the measure into law.
SB975 tailors a proposed state “religious freedom” bill to narrowly track a federal version of the law and serves as an alternative to HB1228, which touched off protests from corporate leaders and gay rights activists.
Opponents had claimed the first version of the bill could have led to claims of religious justification in private business and discriminate against the LGBT community.