In light of Indiana’s religious freedom law, which critics says is designed to permit discrimination against homosexuals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Tuesday that prohibits any nonessential state-funded travel to The Hoosier State.
In a statement issued by his office, Cuomo said, “Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately.
“New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”