Connecticut Bans State-Funded Travel to Indiana

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Businesses and individuals alike are boycotting Indiana due to the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could result in discrimination against the LGBT community. Connecticut is the first state to ban state-funded travel to Indiana. 

Gov. Dan Malloy announced on Twitter that he would sign an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana. He also tweeted: “When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.” 

Upon signing the bill Monday afternoon, Malloy said the National Collegiate Athletic Association should relocate its Final Four tournament, which is supposed to take place in Indiana later this week. "I think that would be a wise choice for them to do if that's possible," Malloy said. "I'll leave it up to them to make those decisions."

He said Connecticut would honor any contractual obligations it has with Indiana, but the state wouldn't enter any new ones. "Somebody's got to stand up to this kind of bigotry, and I'm prepared to do it," he said.

The cities of Seattle and San Francisco have also banned publicly funded travel to Indiana. Though 20 states have RFRA laws, Indiana’s law goes further and gives businesses the right to use the law to justify discrimination against customers. 

According to a letter from 30 law professors with expertise in religious freedom, the Indiana law could result in "employers, landlords, small business owners, or corporations, taking the law into their own hands and acting in ways that violate generally applicable laws on the grounds that they have a religious justification for doing so.”

Connecticut doesn’t allow discrimination based on sexual orientation in any private business.

Source: The Huffington Post / Image via Dannel Malloy/Flickr