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Arkansas Governor Urges Changes To Religious Objection Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Danny Johnston/AP)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Danny Johnston/AP)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t intended to allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Republican governor on Wednesday said he wants changes to a bill lawmakers sent him prohibiting state and local government from infringing upon someone’s religious beliefs without a compelling interest. Hutchinson said he wants the Legislature to either recall the bill or pass a follow-up measure to make the proposal more closely mirror a 1993 federal religious freedom law.

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