Lawmakers in NY ask their governor to ban travel to Louisiana
ALBANY, NEW YORK - Two state lawmakers from New York have asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban non-essential state travel to Louisiana following Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order essentially enacting a failed house bill into law.
"This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman," Governor Jindal said Tuesday.
Opponents argue the proposal allowed legal discrimination against gay people on the grounds of religious freedom or moral objection.
Wednesday, the lawmakers in New York asked their governor to do as he did when a similar measure was passed in Indiana, and not fund travel to the state.
"I ask you to take this step again and ban non-essential state travel to Louisiana," said Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell. "Our state's employees should not be put in a situation where they can be legally discriminated against or made to feel unsafe, and our state must not support Governor Jindal's campaign against LGBT individuals."
O'Donnell is openly gay, media outlets in Albany reported.
He was joined in his request by the state's deputy minority leader, who said "I urge Governor Cuomo and my fellow legislators to pass my bill immediately and make clear that we will not stand for discrimination against our fellow citizens."
Governor Cuomo's office did not respond to calls for a comment from WBRZ by the time this story was posted online.
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