Updated: Tuesday, March 31 2015, 02:50 PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana after that state adopted a religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The Democratic governor announced the ban Tuesday, saying it shows the state stands by “our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues.”
Lawmakers had called for such a ban earlier in the day.
A similar travel ban was signed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday.
Businesses and organizations like the NCAA have also voiced concerns about the law.
The measure’s supporters say it’s intended to protect religious liberty. On Tuesday Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said his state has a “perception problem” and said he wants legislation to “clarify” the law.
Updated: Tuesday, March 31 2015, 02:46 PM EDT
Rochester mayor Lovely Warren is banning city-funded travel to Indiana in response to the religious freedom law.
The travel ban goes into effect immediately.
The order bans city-funded travel for city employees to states that have enacted religious freedom laws that do not specifically prohibit discrimination against citizens (sexual orientation, race, or gender).
“Rochester, New York has long been the ‘Hometown of Equality’ in America,” Warren said in a statement.
“As the home of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas, Rochester has been a stalwart for freedom and a beacon of progress for those seeking justice and equality. I cannot support the use of our residents’ tax dollars to fund travel to states who adopt policies that fly directly in the face of what our community has always stood for.”
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