HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday banned state-funded travel to Indiana, because of the controversial new “religious freedom” law that critics say enables discrimination against the LGBT community.
“It harkens back to a time when states were allowed to pass laws that treated their citizens differently,” Malloy said, adding someone has to stand up to this kind of bigotry. “And I’m prepared to do it.”
The measure, signed last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.
Pence defended the legislation during a television appearance Sunday but did not directly answer questions about whether it allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians.