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Seattle mayor Ed Murray joins Indiana boycott, says no city-funded travel

Ed Murray
Ed Murray

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not allow work-related city-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that has the potential to discriminate against LGBT people and others based on religious beliefs.

Murray, who is the city’s first openly gay mayor, says Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in their city. He says the new law doesn’t reflect the city’s values.

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The mayor says Seattle is a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensuring equality for all people. For that reason, he says no taxpayer money will support a discriminatory law.

Murray plans to issue an executive order next week that will ban all city travel to Indiana. He also will order all departments to review their contracts to see if the city is doing any business in Indiana.

Similar boycotts have been announced by San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

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