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Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom” Law

March 30, 2015

Summary 

Gov. Inslee imposed an administration-wide ban on travel to Indiana in response to Indiana's new "religious freedom" law. 

Story 

“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. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.

“Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination. 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.”

Media Contact 

Media Contact: 
Jaime Smith
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
360.902.4136