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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mayor Ed Lee Forbids City Workers From Traveling to Homophobic Indiana

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Following the steps of local tech guru Marc Benioff, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to sever ties with Indiana, which today passed a new law basically saying it was perfectly fine for people to discriminate against gays. 

Several hours after Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, announced it would be doing a lot less business with Indiana, Mayor Lee issued a public statement forbidding city employees from using public funds to travel to the state of Indiana, unless of course there were some public health or safety issue. 

“We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law, and will work together to  protect the civil rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," he said.  "Effective immediately, I am directing city departments under my authority to bar any publicly funded City employee travel to the State of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety. San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the State of Indiana.”

Last week, Indiana lawmakers passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and lets individuals and businesses use religion as an excuse. Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law this morning, sparking rage across the nation. 

Beniof was one of the first to respond, announcing his plans to pull up stakes in Indiana. 
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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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