“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injustice against the LGBT community, and I will not allow any non-essential official travel to that state until it is repealed.”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Cuomo last year had instituted a travel ban to Indiana after the state enacted a “religious freedom” law and rescinded it after Indiana Gov.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.
— Peter Shumlin (@GovPeterShumlin) April 5, 2016
The Washington Blade has placed a request in with the Bryant’s office seeking comment in response to Cuomo’s travel ban to Mississippi.