Washington Gov. To Ban State Funded Travel To Indiana Over ‘Disturbing’ Law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the annual Associated Press Legislative Preview in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday said he would prohibit state funded travel to Indiana due to the state’s controversial religious freedom law that may allow discrimination against gay people.

“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 statement.

Inlsee said he opposed the law, which he said “appears to legalize private discrimination.”

“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,” Inslee said.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) also announced on Monday that he would ban state funded travel to Indiana.

“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,” Malloy said in a Monday tweet.

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  1. The ball is rolling merrily along.

  2. This must be fun for a lot of pols (Malloy, Emmanuel, this guy): not only do you get to take a stand for something that’s popular with your constituents, but you get to stick it to a sanctimonious unctuous political snake oil pusher creep Koch puppet like Mike Pence.

  3. There must be some

    Rule Number 3
    Section 5
    Paragraph 8

    On the Double Down.

    In this case, Pence has lost some of the Money People on this. This includes their connections with the MSM, which partially explains George acting like a real reporter (skeptical facial expressions and all) with Pence and his amateurish protestations on Sunday.

    [Hint to Mike: Calling a real reporter by his/her first name does not endear him/her to you, it makes the reporter zone in]

  4. While I completely understand and agree with individuals and businesses deciding to boycott Indiana for its unjust law – I really don’t think it a wise strategy for the governments of other states and municipalities to make it official policy. Actions like Inslee’s and Emmanuel’s, while maybe well-intentioned, could backfire and give just the excuse for even more extreme right wing reactions – including the governments of red states banning together for mass boycott of liberal states. There are right wingers stockpiling guns who will see this as their dream come true – another civil war (ironically started over a wedding cake.)

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