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Son of Arkansas governor: I’m happy my dad’s not signing ‘religious freedom’ bill

Nick Duffy April 2, 2015

The son of the Governor of Arkansas has praised his father for taking his advice and refusing to sign a bill to allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people.

The state’s congress recently passed a “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill,which is near-identical to legislation that Indiana was condemned last month for passing.

However, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson – who has previously expressed support for the legislation – revealed yesterday that he would not sign the bill after his own son signed a petition condemning him.

Mr Hutchinson had said: “My son Seth, signed the petition asking me, Dad, the governor, to veto this bill… it shows that … there’s a generational difference of opinion on these issues.”

Seth Hutchinson reacted to the announcement in a statement, telling Business Insider: “I am happy that my Dad is now calling on legislators to rework HB 1228. I had communicated with him my opposition to the bill, along with thousands of other Arkansans and concerned citizens around the country.

“I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the overall effort to stop discrimination against the LGBT community in Arkansas, the state that I love (Go hogs!).

“I love and respect my father very much, but sometimes we have political disagreements, just as many families do.

“We must build a mass movement of Americans fighting for economic, environmental, and social justice if we want to see real progress.”

More: Anti-gay, Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, governor, Law, LGBT, religious freedom, Seth Hutchinson, US

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