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Inslee bans his administration from state-funded travel to Indiana over ‘religious’ freedom’ law

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday he is imposing a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana over the state's adoption of the "religious freedom" law that some say would allow discrimination against gays.

“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," Inslee said in a news release.

"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," he said.

Inslee added, “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.”

A swift and heavy backlash emerged after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law last week. It would allow businesses in Indiana to refuse customers based on the owners' "religious freedom" or principles.



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        • "peety"

          no, I really have no idea what he is talking about. Private property? You mean since the business is on private property, they can decide who to serve? Doesn’t the business have a State Business License? County permits, city permits?

          IF that is what DG is trynig to say, it’s absurd.

  • Wallus

    Violence against women……crickets. DSHS leaving kids to abuse……crickets. Gangs…..crickets. Another state passes a law to allow people to exert their religious beliefs……outrage and public proclamations.

  • wowjustwow

    Washington State and city “leaders” seem to be more worried about the gay agenda than they are about actually running this state and their cities. When is this going to stop? We get it, you’re gay, enough already.

  • D. Rabourn

    Why does he think he has the right to make that decision?! He should stick to his own business and remember he works FOR Washingtonians.

  • tootietuttle

    I would read “wowjustwow” comment and put a giant exclamation on it. Inslee and the state are basic idiots. You have enough to worry about in this state.

  • Frank D.

    Better to encourage Indiana to pass a Gay rights Bill rather than boycot what the people of the that State want….What if some State didn’t like our progressive Pot laws and boycotted our State ? I bet we would be up in arms.

  • Aldagrim

    Is this the beginning of a future where our country is so divided that democrats wont be able to go to any republican states and vice versa? Remember, united we stand, divided we fall.

  • Joe

    Like the rest of that party, they failed to ban state business on nations that brutalize gays and women. too cowardly to address the real oppressors and face the reality that the world is not Disney Land the way the wish it to be.

  • Nonplussed

    Will the governor ban travel to Illinois, Connecticut, or Virginia, all of which have identical RFRA laws? ““Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination.” There is no material difference between the national RFRA text and IN’s new law… and yet, on the basis of APPEARANCE, he is instituting this rather extreme measure. Banning travel to China, with its one-child policies? Banning travel to several EMEA countries which systematically oppress gays, women and religious minorities? Not on the agenda.
    But he won’t miss a chance to grandstand on a hysterical bandwagon in order to signal to Christians: “Your faith must not be exercised outside of your home or place of worship. Keep it to yourself because I disagree with your principles.” All hail the new bouquet and cake police.
    Citizen: “I don’t want to bake this cake. It’s my business.”
    State: “Thoughtcrime is doubelplusungood! You think it’s your business, huh? We’ll show you!!!!”