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BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The world’s largest private employer has released an official statement calling on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto state House Bill 1228, known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Walmart posted the statement to its Walmart Newsroom Twitter account this evening.

This, after the bill was granted final passage by the House today. The legislation would potentially encourage discrimination against LGBT people in Arkansas.

In the statement, Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon says, “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 H.B. 1228 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.”

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