New York, Connecticut governors lift bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

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

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday lifted their bans on some state-funded travel to Indiana, citing changes made to a religious-objections law that had spurred concern about anti-gay discrimination.

Cuomo enacted New York’s ban Tuesday, saying he sought to ensure that gay people’s rights are respected.

Cuomo, who campaigned for and signed the state’s 2011 law allowing same-sex marriage, and Malloy were among a number of governors and mayors to enact travel prohibitions.

“I believe the changes enacted by the Indiana executive and Legislature should prevent the Religious Freedom Restoration Act from being used to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender citizens and travelers,” the Cuomo said in a statement Saturday.

New York City has also lifted its ban on non-essential travel to the state, the mayor’s office said.

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Malloy signed an executive order Monday barring state spending on travel to Indiana and any other state enacting similar legislation.

“Unlike Connecticut – which has been a national leader in LGBTQ protections – this is the first time that Indiana has codified any protections for individuals based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Malloy said. “While the law even in its amended version remains divisive, I believe it is a step in the right direction.”

Connecticut has a longstanding religious freedom law but does not allow religion to be a basis for discrimination.

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