Seattle mayor announces Indiana travel ban over religious freedom law

INDIANAPOLIS - The mayor of Seattle joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in announcing a travel ban to Indiana in response to the state's controversial religious freedom law.

“Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in our City – that’s just equality ‘101’,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

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In a statement posted to the mayor's website, Murray said that Indiana SB 101 – the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – "doesn't reflect the values" of Seattle.

"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,” said Mayor Murray. “This is why I am ordering that none of our taxpayer dollars should go toward supporting this discriminatory law. To those in Indiana today who are working hard in the fight for equality – know that Seattle stands with you as you continue your efforts to end discrimination and protect civil rights for everyone.”

Murray said he also planned to direct city departments to conduct a review of current contracts to identify is there are any with businesses headquartered in Indiana.

On Friday, the city of San Francisco announced it planned to boycott the Hoosier state

"We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana's new discriminatory law, and will work together to protect the civil rights of all Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," Mayor Ed Lee.


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