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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Walmart
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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Vermont governor bans state funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is banning all non-essential state-funded trips to Indiana because of that state's new religious-freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Little Rock mayor urges Arkansas governor to veto religious freedom bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Mark Stodola
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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Martin O’Malley: GOP support for Indiana religious freedom law ‘shameful’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley arrives for a Politics and Eggs breakfast with area business leaders, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. The stop is one of many for those seeking their party's nomination for president in the nation's earliest presidential primary state.
Likely Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says it's "shameful" for Republicans to support an Indiana law that critics see as legalizing discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Indiana governor says he wants changes to ‘grossly mischaracterized’ religious freedom law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (r-Ind.) speaking at a news conference on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015.
Pence said at a news conference Tuesday morning he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that the law will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians. [...]

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Connecticut governor: Move women’s 2016 Final Four out of Indiana unless law changes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.)
Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director called on the NCAA on Monday to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law. [...]

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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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Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz express support for Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Jeb Bush (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz and likely candidate Jeb Bush, expressed support Monday for Indiana's controversial religious freedom bill that critics charge is a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Indianapolis Star blasts Pence, lawmakers: ‘FIX THIS NOW’

Monday, March 30, 2015
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"The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage." [...]

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Pence fights back: Religious freedom law ‘grossly misconstrued … I abhor discrimination’

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
In an essay published Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal, Indiana governor Mike Pence said the state's religious freedom law "is not a ‘license to discriminate’” and simply reflects federal law. [...]

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