Asa Hutchinson on Civil Rights

Former Administrator of D.E.A.; former Republican Representative (AR-3)


Move beyond race-based admissions; fight identity politics

After the historic Supreme Court decision rolling back the use of affirmative action in college admissions, Arkansas politicians and lawmakers gave their reactions. The court's 6-3 decision along ideological lines struck down affirmative action in college admissions.

Former two-term Arkansas governor and candidate for Republican presidential nomination Asa Hutchinson had his reaction in support of the decision up not long after the morning announcement of the decision. "The recent Supreme Court ruling strikes a blow against identity politics. It's time to move beyond race-based admissions. Colleges are supporting diversity by reducing legacy preferences and increasing financial aid," Hutchinson stated.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders invoked Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: "People should be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. The Supreme Court affirmed that fundamental truth in today's decision."

Source: KARK News on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 29, 2023

Fought Obama order requiring gender neutral bathrooms

[On school bathrooms]: "The Department of Education sent out notice, not to the governors but to the school superintendents directly, saying you had to open up transgender bathrooms or make them open to both genders," Hutchinson said. "Well, I immediately sent out word to all of our schools saying please ignore the president of the United States. Please ignore the Department of Education. They had no authority to do that and we pushed back on it. We were successful."
Source: Iowa Capital Dispatch on 2023 Faith & Freedom Coalition , Apr 22, 2023

Forced moderate version of business "religious freedom" bill

Hutchinson had to grapple with a religious freedom measure that blew up shortly after a similar bill in Indiana through fire for potentially enabling businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians. As in Indiana, disapproval from the business community was critical in forestalling the measure; in Arkansas the key opposition came from Wal-Mart, and Hutchinson's son Seth attracted notice for signing a petition urging the governor to cast a veto. Hutchinson rejected the first version he received from lawmakers, ordering up changes to the most controversial provisions. The legislature complied, and Hutchinson signed the revised measure.
Source: Almanac of American Politics on 2022 Arkansas Governor race , Oct 5, 2015

Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Hutchinson: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign , Sep 28, 2014

Marriage should be only one-man-one-woman

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race , Jul 11, 2014

Supports anti-flag desecration amendment.

Hutchinson co-sponsored a Constitutional Amendment:

Supports granting Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag. Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HJR36 on Mar 13, 2001

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Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
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Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
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Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

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