How Twitter Is Reacting To The Arkansas Religious Freedom Bill

Apr 01, 2015 at 5:32 AM ET

The Arkansas Religious Freedom bill—a measure similar to that currently causing controversy in Indiana and passed by the state legislature Tuesday—immediately sparked a Twitter protest pegged the hashtag #BoycottArkansas. Over the past 24 hours, Twitter users have employed the hashtag 12,000 times and it continues to gain popularity, particularly since celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted it to his 5.9 million followers.

Some tweets have compared the bills—which may, under some interpretations, allow private businesses to deny services to LGBT customers on religious grounds—and the movement behind them to the Jim Crow segregation laws of the early-to mid-20th Century and the Klu Klux Klan respectively. Others cast the debate as a national human rights issue, demanding that the Supreme Court step in.

Read More:

How Arkansas’ religious freedom bill differs—and doesn’t—from the controversial one in Indiana (Washington Post)
Indiana Residents Are Policing Anti-LGBTQ Businesses (Vocativ)
Walmart joins opponents of Ark. religion bill (USA Today)