New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he has banned publicly-funded, non-essential travel by state agencies to Indiana, joining the raging national outcry over the state's new "religious freedom" law, which critics say could open the door to legal discrimination against LGBT people.
"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," Cuomo said in a statement. "The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately."
Cuomo's order comes in the hours after a handful of out LGBT New York lawmakers sent a letter to the governor, strongly urging him to institute a travel ban similar to those instituted by Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy. In the letter, Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O’Donnell, Harry Bronson, and Matthew Titone said the Indiana law, signed by Gov. Mike Pence, is “uniquely abhorrent and alarming."