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Malloy Blocked State Travel To Mississippi Due To Gay Rights Restrictions

Gov. Dannel Malloy
Gov. Dannel Malloy Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that he is banning non-essential state-funded travel to Mississippi, following that state’s enactment of a law that allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs.

The state-funded travel ban falls under Executive Order No. 45, signed last year after Indiana enacted similar legislation.

“Government should be in the practice of eliminating discrimination – not embracing it. This law in Mississippi is an active attempt to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. We, as a state, cannot stand for that,” Malloy said. “I am proud of Connecticut’s continued advancement of equality for all residents. Our state prides itself on our diversity. We celebrate it. And we are a stronger, better state as a result. This law, however, is simply rooted in backwards thinking and backwards values. That’s why we’re taking action.”

The state also banned travel to North Carolina, which recently passed similar legislation.

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