Speak up or stay quiet? Arkansas firms keep mum on controversial anti-LGBT bill
The National Football League threatened to move the Super Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals football team sent a letter condemning the law. Wells Fargo, Apple, Bank of America, Marriott and American Express all criticized the bill.
In Michigan, an analogous act met the same fate. Business leaders who had originally come together to add LGBT protections to the state’s civil rights law ended up fighting against a religious freedom bill introduced in response.
“By not having inclusive policies we’re contributing to brain-drain,” said Sommer Foster, director of political advocacy at Equality Michigan. “We were able to get a number of CEOs to sign on and say discrimination doesn’t represent Michigan values.”
But now in Arkansas, where a bill to stop municipalities from passing ordinances to protect the LGBT community is almost certain to become law, national business leaders are keeping mum.
The Stonewall Democratic Caucus in an attempt to have honest public discourse on SB 202 or HB 1228 is offering to debate anyone, anywhere on the issues of these bills to allow the public to understand that what is passing for legislation is plain and simple discrimination and a violation of local control. The Stonewall Democratic Caucus simply wants the same rights for all citizens under the United States Constitution and not to be determined by a wrong, discriminatory majority. We urge the good people of Arkansas to speak up, write letters, e-mails and place phone calls to express your opposition to these unnecessary and wasteful bills.
Tippi McCullough, President - Stonewall Democratic Caucus