Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has responded to Indiana’s anti-gay law which opens to the door to discriminating against gay and lesbian people.
Inslee said on Monday that he would prohibit state funded travel to Indiana over the controversial “religious freedom” law.
In a statement, he wrote:
“I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.
“Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination. Washington state fought against this very thing in a case Attorney General Bob Ferguson brought against a florist.
“We in Washington stand for equality. I applaud those companies and organizations that have spoken out against the law and said they would not locate or expand operations in Indiana. I want to invite all those organizations, and anyone interested in a state that promotes equality and opportunity, to come visit Washington. We are open for business, and open to all people.”
Talking Points Memo reports, “Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) also announced on Monday that he would ban state funded travel to Indiana.”
“When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated,” Malloy tweeted.
Because of Indiana’s new law, later today I will sign an Executive Order regarding state-funded travel. -DM
— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) March 30, 2015
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) on Monday called on the Indiana General Assembly to either repeal the divisive law or add explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state law.
Because this shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
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