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Arkansas Governor Loses Website To Angry Reddit User

The redditor said he was unhappy with the governor's anti-gay track record.
A Reddit user recently purchased the domain name associated with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, redirecting the page to an LGB
A Reddit user recently purchased the domain name associated with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, redirecting the page to an LGBT chat forum. 

A lesson for bigots: If you're going to keep on with your bigotry, make sure to buy up any Twitter handle, Tumblr page and web domain associated with your name ... or someone else will.

Reddit user Dylan Hailey recently posted on the popular social media site that he had purchased the domain name associated with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) after he failed to renew the registration. Hailey pointed to Hutchinson's track record of support for anti-gay legislation, saying the website asahutchinson.com now redirects to a chat forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"I purchased it due to the anti-gay record he's had over his career and because he let it go up for renewal rather than sitting on the domain like most politicians do," Hailey told The Huffington Post. "I've already bought up quite a few more; however, it is over a variety of issues, not just gay rights, mostly just if they are trying to put down any particular group of people and treat them unfairly."

Hailey said he was also responsible for the similar purchase of an Idaho representative's website in March.

Hutchinson, who was elected governor in 2014, is a longtime fan of marriage between "one man and one woman." In 1999, during his tenure as a congressman, he voted in favor of a failed measure that would've banned gay adoptions in Washington, D.C. He also let a bill become law in April of this year that bans local governments from passing ordinances to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

However, after intense public pressure, the governor did sign an amended religious freedom bill in April that refused to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers. And Hutchinson noted that he would comply with the Supreme Court's June ruling on marriage equality, despite his own beliefs.

"This decision goes against the expressed view of Arkansans and my personal beliefs and convictions," he said in a statement at the time. "While my personal convictions will not change, as Governor I recognize the responsibility of the state to follow the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of this ruling, I will direct all state agencies to comply with the decision."

Hutchinson's office declined HuffPost's request for comment on the domain name's purchase.

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