Target: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Goal: Praise the governor’s decision to promote an equal workforce.
Governor Asa Hutchinson refused to sign a bill into law that would open the door for Arkansas businesses to discriminate against the LGBT+ community. Praise the governor for making the right decision, preventing the Religious Objections Bill from becoming law and for publicly denouncing legalized discrimination.
“My responsibility is to speak out on my own convictions and to do what I can as governor to make sure this bill reflects the values of the people of Arkansas, protects those of religious conscious, but also minimizes the chance of discrimination in the work place and the public environment,” said Hutchinson to the Associated Press. The governor’s words are a positive step in the fight for equality and should be met with encouragement. More than a dozen other states have signed similar bills into law already, like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill. Praising Huchinson’s decision will send a strong message that those who oppose bigoted legislation are on the right side of history.
Public opinion can be invaluable in swaying the decision making process for government leaders. Businesses like Apple, Gap, Levi Strauss, and Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, have applied pressure to the state government to cease in creating this discriminatory law. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, spoke to the AP saying, “The governor listened to business leaders in this state and around the country, and the governor listened to tens of thousands of Arkansans. … Now what we have to do is keep the pressure on.”
Sign this petition to let the governor know that he is taking the right steps in recalling this anti-LGBT bill and that his decision has a powerful show of support.
Dear Gov. Hutchinson,
Thank you for making the correct choice and not signing a discriminatory bill into law. Moreover, thank you for announcing your own personal convictions against such bigotry. Political leaders like you who are willing to speak out against legalized discrimination help move this country in the right direction.
Despite political lines that are often drawn, it is refreshing to see a call for decency and respect for other American citizens, namely the LGBT+ community, who have the right to live their lives as they choose without fear of persecution.
Please continue to listen to the many voices of Arkansas citizens who stand for equality and the millions of American citizens who believe that all men and women are created equally, and should be treated as thus.
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