N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo bans all non-essential, state‑funded travel to Indiana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

ALBANY, N.Y. — 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 bans were issued Monday by Connecticut governor Gov. Dannel Malloy and Washington state governor Jay Inslee.

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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.

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