April 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
N.Y. bans gov’t travel to Mississippi over ‘religious freedom’ law

Andrew Cuomo, gay news, Washington Blade

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned government travel to Mississippi. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Duplicating action he took against anti-LGBT measures in Indiana and North Carolina, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Tuesday instituted a ban on government-sponsored to travel to Mississippi over the state’s recently enacted “religious freedom” law.

“Discrimination is not a New York value. We believe our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue to reject the politics of division and exclusion,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This Mississippi law is a sad, hateful injustice against the LGBT community, and I will not allow any non-essential official travel to that state until it is repealed.”

The executive order Cuomo signed directs all New York agencies to review immediately all requests for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Mississippi, and bar any such funded travel non-essential to enforcing of state law or public health and safety.

New York imposes a travel ban on Mississippi as result of House Bill 1523, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed on Tuesday and is considered to allow sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination. Under the law, individual, businesses and religious non-profits could deny services to LGBT people in the name of religious freedom.

Cuomo last year had instituted a travel ban to Indiana after the state enacted a “religious freedom” law and rescinded it after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a “fix” to the measure. More recently, Cuomo became the first governor to institute a travel ban to North Carolina as a result of House Bill 2, an anti-LGBT measure that has generated significant backlash for the state. Other jurisdictions that have banned travel to North Carolina are D.C., Minnesota, Connecticut, Washington State, Seattle, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

But New York isn’t alone in enacting a ban on travel to Mississippi. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced on Twitter he had enacted a travel ban in the state just hours earlier.

The Washington Blade has placed a request in with the Bryant’s office seeking comment in response to Cuomo’s travel ban to Mississippi.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

7 Comments
  • Mayor Bowser,
    Why not have DC as among the first American cities to stand by LGBTs with a ban on DC official travel to Mississippi, as well?


    **Vermont bans official travel to Mississippi over LGBT law**
    http://www.wtva.com/news/Vermont_bans_official_travel_to_Mississippi_over_LGBT_law.html
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  • Dear Christians,
    Please be advised that “tolerance” is a one-way street and you are going in the wrong direction. There is no tolerance for your kind.
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    “Non-discrimination” does not apply in how you will be treated
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    And if you hold the biblical belief that sexuality is given by God and to be shared only between a husband and wife, you must forfeit your convictions to those dictated by The State. for, as you know, your Christian convictions on sexuality are now criminal in The United States.
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    Your moral convictions on the LGBT movement have been deemed as harmful discrimination and, as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has stated, these forms of harmful discrimination must be eradicated. Don’t think you can hold to your Christian belief in your little bakery or flower shop, for the LGBT boot will come down upon your neck with legal and finance oppression, until you surrender.
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    This is just the beginning of how dark the darkness will be in The United States.

    • So, NWaff… that’s real scary stuff.

      I’m guessing, Christian Identity?
      http://archive.adl.org/learn/ext_us/christian_identity.html

      Or are you missing the burning-cross-in-a-field worship services of old Mississippi? BTW, how do you like the Gulf Coast’s casinos?

      Truth be told? It’s a bright sunny day in the South. Your day is over.

      Meanwhile, we’ll boycott for repeal of its new hate state law…

      https://twitter.com/search?q=Mississippi+boycott&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Enews%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

      Start with the Mississippi Gulf Coast -AND- its casinos.
      Move north from there.

      https://www.google.com/#q=Mississippi+convention+and+tourism
      (Click on map’s red icons.)

      After all, what profession, company, institution or trade association wants their LGBT employees/ managers/ members (and their loved ones) feeling uncomfortable on a convention or other meeting trip to an anti-LGBT hate state?
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    • “And if you hold the biblical belief that sexuality is given by God and
      to be shared only between a husband and wife, you must forfeit your
      convictions to those dictated by The State. for, as you know, your
      Christian convictions on sexuality are now criminal in The United
      States.
      .
      Your moral convictions on the LGBT movement have been
      deemed as harmful discrimination and, as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
      has stated, these forms of harmful discrimination must be eradicated.
      Don’t think you can hold to your Christian belief in your little bakery
      or flower shop, for the LGBT boot will come down upon your neck with
      legal and finance oppression, until you surrender.”

      Unless you are being sarcastic, you have more than one loose marble.

      No religious views have been made illegal. Not one.

      What has been ruled unconstitutional is not treating everyone equally under the law. You can believe whatever you want to believe. But, and this is a big but, you do not have the right to act out on those beliefs. Christians are not the only religions in the US that have this apply to them. And, those company’s that are registered as a business in ANY State have to treat there customers without discrimination. Those are not special rights, or special treatment. It is equal treatment and they are not special right’s.

      What the evangelical Christians (there are many flavors of Christianity) are upset about is that they are no longer allowed to discriminate against people of other faiths (including Muslims) or with gender discrimination. They can still have their beliefs, they just do not have the right to discriminate against someone who doesn’t believe the same way that they do while they are operating their business.

      The only exceptions, and they have been exceptions all along, are Church’s, church employee’s (including Ministers) or a completely religious organization. Those have a caveat though, if they offer services to anyone outside their religious beliefs then they have to offer those same services to ALL religious beliefs. They don’t have to officiate in a marriage, but if they rent out their spaces to people outside of their church then those spaces become a business and have to treat those spaces as any other business in their state.

      • If you are a Christian business owner and your convictions are to not render services for what you call sin, you are committing a crime because you maintain your religious views.

      • There will never be common ground here. If a Christian business owner holds their conviction on sexuality and declines business because if it, this is now a crime. This addresses your “No religious views have been made illegal. Not one.”
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        If you go to a doctor and want a prescription, if the the doctor says “no” because s/he is a naturopathic doctor, you know you went to the wrong doctor and you move on. If you go to a Christian business owner and they decline your business because of religious beliefs – in today’s world the Christian is arrested, put in jail, fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, has the business taken or shut down and may even have children taken.

  • Screw Mississippi!

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