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April 05, 2016
Cuomo Bans Non-essential State Travel to Mississippi

"A second state is a no-go zone for New York state employees traveling on non-essential business following Mississippi's passage of a law that critics see as codifying discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the order on Tuesday, just a few hours after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act, which says the state cannot 'discriminate' — meaning take official action — against anyone for actions resulting from a sincerely held religious belief that marriage can only involve a man and a woman, that sex is 'properly reserved' to that kind of a marriage, and that 'male' and 'female' refer 'to an individual's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.'

The bill doesn't specifically address sincerely held religious beliefs that don't have to do with sex or gender identity. Critics say the measure offers legal cover for various forms of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals," as reported by the Albany Times Union.

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Cuomo bans non-essential, state-funded travel to Mississippi
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