Seattle mayor bans city-funded travel to Indiana following passage of anti-gay legislation
The mayor of Seattle has banned all city-funded travel to Indiana in response to the recently passed anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R), reports KOMO.
Mayor Ed Murray (D) addressed the ban on Saturday saying, “Laws that say you can discriminate have no place in this country.”
Indiana is reeling from threats of boycotts, with corporations dialing back conducting business in the state over a law considered discriminatory to the LGBT community.
Murray joins San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in instituting a ban, adding that, as Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, he’s not doing it because of his sexual orientation.
“I’m not doing this because I’m a gay man,” he explained. “You cannot say, ‘You can’t come into my restaurant because you’re black and it’s my religious belief not to serve you.’ That is a settled question.”
“Indiana’s S.B. 101 doesn’t reflect the values of our City. Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure equality for all people – no matter who you are, or who you love,” Murray said. “This is why I am ordering that none of our taxpayer dollars should go toward supporting this discriminatory law. To those in Indiana today who are working hard in the fight for equality – know that Seattle stands with you as you continue your efforts to end discrimination and protect civil rights for everyone.”
Murray noted that the U.S. Conference of Mayors is scheduled to be held in Indiana next year, and said he will request a change of venue if the RFRA is still in place.