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  • Seattle Mayor Bans Travel To Indiana By City Workers

    "Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in our City – that's just equality 101." - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

    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.

    brad_and_george.jpgKing5 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! 



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    • commented 2015-03-30 13:05:20 -0400
      Does Seattle have an economic relationship with Indiana that I’m unaware of? And does this ban extend to other states with similar laws? I guess city workers will have to just stay home and count their blessings.

    • commented 2015-03-30 00:14:43 -0400
      Mayor Murray , We love you !

    • commented 2015-03-29 11:02:59 -0400
      This cannot be a law because of our constitution stating separation of church & state. The law can’t get involved!!!

    • commented 2015-03-29 00:49:16 -0400
      19 states have similar laws as well as the federal government. So is travel banned within the United States?

      Clearly, it’s apparently better to discriminate on the basis of religion than sexual orientation. Let’s just compel people to violate their conscience and ignore their First Amendment rights.

      The government has no place in determining which beliefs are acceptable.

    • commented 2015-03-29 00:40:55 -0400
      You guys are IDIOTS in Seattle. I’m gay myself and I stand with Indiana on this law. Gay people fight hard for civil rights but you can’t deny the rights of religious people to not participate in an event that they think is wrong. You can’t ask somebody to go against their principals! If you force a Christian Baker to bake a cake for a gay wedding then you also have to force a black baker to bake a cake for a KKK rally or a gay baker to bake a cake for the Westboro Baptist Church with icing on it that says GOD HATES F*GS. ! You cannot force somebody to go against their principals.

    • commented 2015-03-28 23:36:37 -0400

    • commented 2015-03-28 20:44:04 -0400
      All mayors who value freedom should follow Mayor Murray’s courageous lead.

    • commented 2015-03-28 19:56:25 -0400
      First the mayor of Sf now the mayor of Seattle. Come on rest of the country, We’re waiting for you.

    • commented 2015-03-28 15:44:53 -0400
      Nicely done Mayor….

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