Local LGBT community speaks out on Indiana law

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lawmakers say they’re listening to complaints about their new Religious Freedom Law, and they plan to change it. Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in the matter.

Cuomo has banned non-essential state travel to Indiana for as long as the law is in effect.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is asking the legislature to change the language in the law. He wants it made clear that businesses can’t deny service to anyone.

As lawmakers debate, gay and lesbian groups are protesting. Many say they believe the law would legalize discrimination against them.

Here in western New York, the LGBT community is also pushing for change.

A spokesman for the local pride center said people who live in New York are more likely to believe discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong.

He says New Yorkers have worked hard to end discrimination here, and that’s proven by Cuomo’s travel ban to the state of Indiana.

Pride Center of WNY Senior Director Matthew Crehan-Higgins said, “Our movement and any movement is really about changing hearts and minds. Best case scenario, this is an opportunity for the people in Indiana who made this happen to look and say, ‘We may have made the wrong decision.’”

Matthew also said he believes this move by the governor has New York State standing on the right side of history.

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