"Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in our City – that's just equality 101." - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (That's him at Seattle Pridefest in the photo above) has followed San Francisco mayor Ed Lee's lead and barred city employees from using tax dollars for business trips to Indiana. The boycott is due to Indiana's religious freedom act (S.B. 101) which Gov. Mike Pence signed into law yesterday.
"Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in our City – that's just equality 101," said Mayor Murray.
King5 News is reporting that Mayor Murray made his announcement this morning, after meeting last evening with actor and LGBT activists George Takei and his husband Brad Altman last evening. (photo right)
The mayor posted news of his decision on his Facebook page this afternoon:
"Indiana's S.B. 101 doesn't reflect the values of our City. Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure equality for all people - no matter who you are, or who you love. This is why I am ordering that none of our taxpayer dollars should go toward supporting this discriminatory law. To those in Indiana today who are working hard in the fight for equality - know that Seattle stands with you as you continue your efforts to end discrimination and protect civil rights for everyone."
Well done Mayor Murray!
Photos via Facebook