San Francisco mayor Ed Lee bans taxpayer funded city worker travel to Indiana

Ed Lee

Ed Lee

Ed Lee

Ed Lee

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee on Thursday banned all taxpayer funded travel for city workers to the state of Indiana following enactment of a religious freedom law that legalizes discrimination against LGBT individuals:

“We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law, and will work together to protect the civil rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.

“San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the State of Indiana.”

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Also Thursday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced his $4 billion company was “canceling all programs” that require its customers or employees to travel to Indiana, saying he would not subject them to discrimination.

Indiana governor Mike Pence, a Republican, signed the legislation Thursday that critics say is a “license to discriminate” against LGBT individuals, and a backlash over the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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