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5 big companies tweet their opposition to the Arkansas ‘religious freedom’ law

April 1, 2015, 8:09 PM UTC
Asa Hutchinson, Jonathan Dismang
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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Retail giant Wal-Mart commended Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday for reconsidering a religion law for which the company sought a veto after it drew national criticism for opening the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The world’s largest retailer, which is based in the state, encouraged lawmakers to “make certain any legislation does not encourage discrimination,” according to a statement posted on Twitter.

Earlier, Wal-Mart’s (WMT) CEO Doug McMillon directly asked Hutchinson to veto the law.

The move comes as a slew of tech company execs, including representatives from Yelp (YELP), AirBnB, Twitter (TWTR), Salesforce (CRM) and Ebay (EBAY), released a statement Wednesday calling on “the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws.”

“To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone,” the statement reads.

Here are five companies that tweeted their opposition to the law.

1. Wal-Mart

As mentioned above, the retail giant has been vocal about its disapproval. The company took to Twitter to state the following:

2. Apple

CEO Tim Cook has been vocal about his stance against the Indiana law and also calling on Hutchinson to veto the bill. Cook came out as a gay in October.

3. Twitter

The social media site, which has been a place for companies to tweet their disapproval of the legislation, released a statement of its own recently.

4. American Airlines

The airline, along with a slew of other businesses, signed a letter by the Human Rights Campaign.

5. Yelp

CEO Jeremy Stoppelman tweeted an open letter he penned to “states considering imposing discrimination.” He’s been vocal on the social media site over the last few days, tweeting this:

Other companies releasing statements about Arkansas, and also Indiana’s decision to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, include Nike(NKE), Gap (GPS), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Orbitz.

—Reuters contributed to this report.