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'The governor has been listening'
Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson urges changes to religious-objections bill
On the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol, Kristen Hooper, center, and Robert Loyd, right, thank Gov. Asa Hutchinson for calling for changes to a religious-objection measure Wednesday. - photo by Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay. The Republican governor said he wants the Legislature either to recall the bill from his desk or pass a follow-up measure that would make the proposal more closely mirror a federal religious-freedom law.
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