Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Monday he “will impose an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana.”
Inslee’s statement comes after Indiana’s Senate Bill 101, which protects businesses from government intervention when they follow their religious beliefs.
“Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination,” Inslee said in a statement. “Washington state fought against this very thing in a case Attorney General Bob Ferguson brought against a florist.
“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.”
Last week, Seattle's first openly gay mayor issued an executive order banning the city from funding any city employee travel to the state of Indiana after the bill.
Mayor Ed Murray’s executive order applies to employees' city-funded travel to Indiana.
“Indiana’s S.B. 101 doesn’t reflect the values of our City,” Murray said in a statement. “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.”
The backlash is not limited to Seattle. There's been a nationwide outcry against the bill and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Apple's CEO said he was disappointed in the law. Angie's List canceled plans for a $40 million expansion project in Indianapolis.