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April 22, 2015

Town turning into 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks – it should be a family vacation destination' he adds

A reverend in Arkansas has claimed LGBTI visitors to Eureka Springs are bad for business – in what he describes as a destination for Christians and those on a 'family vacation.'

The clergyman is quoted in the New York Times as saying Christian visitors are driven away because of efforts to promote the town as the 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks.'

April 22, 2015

Hypocrisy is also a sin, by the way

It turns out a Baptist pastor, who considers trans people to be sex offenders, is a violent rapist himself.

Acra Lee Turner, 60, is part of a group calling for a repeal of Eureka Springs, Arkansas' Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBTI people from discrimination.

He claims gay, and especially trans people, are dangerous pedophiles, violent rapists and 'sex offenders'.

April 22, 2015

Hypocrisy is also a sin, by the way

It turns out a Baptist pastor, who considers trans people to be sex offenders, is a violent rapist himself.

Acra Lee Turner, 60, is part of a group calling for a repeal of Eureka Springs, Arkansas' Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBTI people from discrimination.

He claims gay, and especially trans people, are dangerous pedophiles, violent rapists and 'sex offenders'.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 7, 2015

Over 100 tech leaders have signed a joint statement demanding non-discriminations civil rights protections for LGBT people

More than 100 tech leaders in the US have signed a statement calling for nationwide LGBT non-discrimination protections, reports Human Rights Campaign

The statement, printed below, comes in response to the wave of ‘religious freedom’ laws being considered in several states, and the recent passing of such laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 3, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: 'The fact that it might not solve every problem for everyone probably means that it's a good bill'

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Thursday that provides protections for religious freedom but was revised to not appear anti-gay.

Hutchinson surprised many this week when he refused to sign an earlier version of a bill which closely resembled the law that has caused a firestorm of controversy in Indiana in the past week.

April 3, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: 'The fact that it might not solve every problem for everyone probably means that it's a good bill'

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Thursday that provides protections for religious freedom but was revised to not appear anti-gay.

Hutchinson surprised many this week when he refused to sign an earlier version of a bill which closely resembled the law that has caused a firestorm of controversy in Indiana in the past week.

April 3, 2015

Tom Cotton of Arkansas: 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay'

Tom Cotton, the junior US senator from Arkansas, thinks the critics of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law need some perspective.

There has been a national backlash against the state over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act which opens the door for private businesses and others to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

'I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,' Cotton said on CNN this week. 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.'

April 1, 2015

Asa Hutchinson says his own son signed a petition demanding a veto

He had vowed to sign it, then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson didn't.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson surprised all when he announced he would not #HB1228 into law.

The 'religious liberty' bill passed by the legislature this week is nearly identical to the one causing a firestorm of protest in Indiana. They are seen by critics as a way for private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians.

'This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. these are not ordinary times,' Hutchinson said. 

April 1, 2015

Asa Hutchinson says his own son signed a petition demanding a veto

He had vowed to sign it, then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson didn't.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson surprised all when he announced he would not #HB1228 into law.

The 'religious liberty' bill passed by the legislature this week is nearly identical to the one causing a firestorm of protest in Indiana. They are seen by critics as a way for private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians.

'This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. these are not ordinary times,' Hutchinson said. 

March 31, 2015

Focus now shifts to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson who must sign bill for it to become law

The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday passed a 'religious freedom' bill nearly identical to the law that is causing a firestorm in Indiana and threatens that state's reputation and economy.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had earlier indicated he planned to sign SB 1228 into law. It's not known if the massive backlash now facing Indiana Governor Mike Pence will impact thst decision.

March 31, 2015

Focus now shifts to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson who must sign bill for it to become law

The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday passed a 'religious freedom' bill nearly identical to the law that is causing a firestorm in Indiana and threatens that state's reputation and economy.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had earlier indicated he planned to sign SB 1228 into law. It's not known if the massive backlash now facing Indiana Governor Mike Pence will impact thst decision.

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 27, 2015

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'

Today, 27 March, the Arkansas Senate has passed a 'religious freedom' bill, mirrors Indiana's new law.

According to Arkansas Online, the southern state's senate passed HB 1228, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, in a 24-7 vote.