Mayor Brown backs Gov. Cuomo’s travel ban

Brown says ban is symbolic, demonstrates Buffalo's zero tolerance for discrimination

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lead when it comes to Indiana. Thursday morning, Brown announced a city-sponsored travel ban to the state as well, in response to its Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Many across the country feel the Act will serve as a legal means to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

The city of Buffalo doesn’t have any scheduled trips to Indiana, but Brown said the gesture is an important symbol that demonstrates Buffalo’s zero tolerance for discrimination.

Brown told News 4 his office is looking into whether or not Buffalo has any business ventures in Indiana. He said if it does, the city will reconsider them.

Brown’s announcement comes after a state-sponsored travel ban issued by Cuomo and backed by UB.

If the UB women’s softball and tennis teams cannot find a neutral place to face off against Ball State, they’ll be forced to the cancel their weekend games.

Indiana is not the only state that carries potentially discriminatory religious freedom laws. Twenty states in nation have similar ones, 12 of which were proposed this year.

Brown said he’s open to restricting city-sponsored travel to those places as well.

“We are going to certainly look at that. I know that other states now are also rethinking those positions because there has been such a strong national outcry against this type of legislation as being discriminatory, so we will take a look at it,” Brown told News 4.

Indiana lawmakers reached a deal Thursday morning to update the Act so that it states the law cannot be used to discriminate against anyone.

Mayor Brown said he was hoping lawmakers would decide to toss out the legislation all together.

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