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Walmart Statement on Arkansas House Bill 1228

Update April 2, 2015

“We applaud Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas legislature for their effort to achieve a solution that better protects religious freedom. We hope today’s action marks a significant step toward achieving a greater understanding of the need to protect the rights of all Arkansans.”


Update April 1, 2015

“We commend Governor Hutchinson and legislative leaders for reconsidering HB1228. We clearly support the importance of religious freedom and encourage the legislature to make certain any legislation does not encourage discrimination.”


March 31, 2015

“Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve. It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual.

Today's passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold. For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation.”

-- Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO