Cuomo bans non-essential state travel to Indiana

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo banned Tuesday non-essential state travel to Indiana.

Cuomo says he’s taking a stand for equality, pushing back against  a criticized new law in Indiana, that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“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,” the governor said in a statement.

Although a step towards it, the ban is not a boycott of all things Indiana, it simply bars the use of state funds for non-essential travel to the Hoosier State.

“New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights,” Cuomo said. “With this action, we stand by our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”

Governors of Washington and Connecticut announced full bans on state-funded travel to Indiana.

New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox released a statement following New York’s ban encouraging Cuomo to cancel his upcoming trip to Cuba, where gay marriage is illegal and torture is normal.

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