Washington Gov. Also Bans State-Funded Travel to Indiana

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is taking action against Indiana’s religious freedom law by making Washington the second state to ban state-funded travel to Indiana.

Inslee issued this statement tonight:

“I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.

“Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination. Washington state fought against this very thing in a case Attorney General Bob Ferguson brought against a florist.

“We in Washington stand for equality. I applaud those companies and organizations that have spoken out against the law and said they would not locate or expand operations in Indiana. I want to invite all those organizations, and anyone interested in a state that promotes equality and opportunity, to come visit Washington. We are open for business, and open to all people.”

The case Inslee cites in that statement concerns a Washington florist who refused to sell flower arrangements to gay people because of her religious beliefs. A judge last month ruled that she violated anti-discrimination laws.

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy did the same thing earlier today, though that state has law similar to (but not the same as) Indiana’s.

[image via Jay Inslee]

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