Two New York lawmakers want to ban all non-essential, state-funded to travel to Louisiana in the wake of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive “Marriage and Conscience Order.”
New York Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Mike Gianaris have urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact the travel ban, which is similar to what New York enacted on Indiana after it passed its religious freedom law.
After Indiana revised its law, New York and two other states lifted formal travel bans to that state.
Meanwhile, following Jindal’s executive order, O’Donnell drafted correspondence to Cuomo prompting the governor to “move our business to places that treat their citizens equally and fairly.”
Read the full text of O’Donnell’s letter to Gov. Cuomo calling for a ban on non-essential travel to Louisiana here.
Just hours after a Louisiana House panel overwhelmingly voted this past Tuesday to effectively kill one of his priority pieces of legislation, Jindal issued an executive order that he said would continue to give life to the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act’s intent.
House Bill 707 had sought to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. The executive order is much narrower in scope, Jindal admitted, and some opponents of the measure have questioned whether the order will have much impact. But after the House Civil Law Committee’s 10-2 vote Tuesday to end the measure’s chances this session through a procedural move, Jindal argued that his possibly temporary order was the “next best thing.”
“It applies to all of the executive branch of state government,” Jindal told reporters minutes after issuing the order. “It will offer good protections for the people of Louisiana.”