Religious Freedom Restoration Act Repeal Allows for Government Travel Again
As we all know the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has caused quite a stir across the country. The most attention-grabbing protests against the act were executed by the states and cities which banned government-funded travel to Indiana after the act was passed.
In our previous article on the topic, Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Offensive to Many, we discussed how the state of Washington and city of Portland had banned any government related travel to Indiana.
USAToday reported that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed an amendment to the RFRA last Thursday, April 2, 2015. The amendment clarifies that business owners are not allowed to discriminate against the gay, lesbian or transgender community. The amendment to the law received lots of support from countless businesses, organizations and public figures from Indiana as well as many other states.
Since the amendment many cities have repealed their ban on travel to Indiana reported KOMO News, “Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf issued statements Tuesday announcing they were rescinding travel bans in their cities.”
Mayors Murray and Lee both advised Indiana to ensure the protection of gay, lesbian and transgender people and prevent them from experiencing any discrimination.