ALBANY, NY (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana after that state adopted a religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The Democratic governor announced the ban Tuesday, saying it shows the state stands by "our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues."
The ban will apply to all state agencies - including its public universities and colleges - and means they wouldn't be able to participate in athletic or academic events in Indiana.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a similar travel ban on Monday.
State Republican Chairman Ed Cox dismissed Cuomo's move as a "stunt" and said that if he wants to take a stand for human rights he should cancel a trip to Cuba planned for next month.