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GOP’s Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall event at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
The Republican presidential candidate told an audience in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday that a new Indiana law is awakening like-minded voters of various political stripes. [...]

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Why businesses are speaking out against ‘religious freedom’ laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon is among the business leaders who urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Walmart, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. But why? [...]

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Arkansas governor’s son thrust into national spotlight over religious freedom bill

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Seth Hutchinson, son of Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson.
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson opening opening a new conference by saying the issue has become so divisive that his own son, Seth, was among those who signed a petition asking him to veto the bill. [...]

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Arkansas governor wants religious freedom bill recalled, won’t sign in present form

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday he will not sign a controversial religious freedom bill in its present form, and has asked the legislature to recall and revise the bill. [...]

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Walmart urges Arkansas governor to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Retail giant Walmart says Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson should veto a religious-objection bill that critics say would open the door to widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Arkansas House approves anti‑LGBT religious freedom bill, governor says he’ll sign it

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The Arkansas state House has approved a religious freedom bill nearly identical to one in Indiana that critics say is a "license to discriminate" against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Little Rock mayor urges Arkansas governor to veto religious freedom bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Little Rock's mayor is urging Arkansas' governor to veto a "religious freedom" bill that critics have said sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians and that the mayor argues will hurt the state's economic development efforts. [...]

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Fight over ‘license to discriminate’ religious freedom bills shifts to Arkansas

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, center, cheers with protesters outside of the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015.
The fight over religious freedom bills has shifted toward Arkansas, which is poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure. [...]

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Protests show no signs of slowing down Arkansas’ anti-LGBT religious freedom bill

Monday, March 30, 2015
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Opponents of an Arkansas "religious freedom" measure that critics say will allow widespread anti-LGBT discrimination similar to the new Indiana law filled the state Capitol in Little Rock on Monday to protest the bill as it neared a final vote. [...]

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Acxiom asks Arkansas governor to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill

Monday, March 30, 2015
Acxiom headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.
Data-services company Acxiom is urging Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a "religious freedom" bill, with the firm's executives arguing the measure enables discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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