Under pressure from critics including the most powerful employer in Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson has asked for changes to the state's controversial religious freedom law.
The move comes a day after the CEO of Arkansas-based Walmart ( asked the governor to veto the bill, which was approved Tuesday by the Arkansas House. )
"We commend Governor Hutchinson and legislative leaders for reconsidering" the bill, Walmart ( said in a tweet, adding that it hopes lawmakers will "make certain any legislation does not encourage discrimination." )
The retailer is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
In addition to Arkansas, there are 14 other states looking at similar proposals this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
A number of big companies have spoken out against the Indiana law, including Starbucks (, )Apple (Tech30), , Angie's List (, )Yelp (, )Salesforce (Tech30), and , Eli Lilly (. NASCAR, as well as the NCAA, NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever have also expressed disappointment. And Connecticut banned all state-funded travel to Indiana over the law. )
On Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledged to "fix" the controversial law to clarify that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.