Washington governor bans state travel to Mississippi

Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference announcing a statewide public health initiative to reduce and prevent firearm-related injuries and deaths Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Burien, Wash. Inslee said that his efforts will focus on suicide prevention and research into gun injuries and deaths in the state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined the Seattle mayor in banning official travel to Mississippi due to the state’s new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on beliefs.

Inslee on Tuesday barred anything but essential travel to Mississippi on the public’s dime.

He says the new law authorizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals including Washington residents who travel there. Inslee says it’s the law of Washington state and the policy of his administration to demand equality for all persons.

The Mississippi measure’s stated intention is to protect those who believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, that sexual relations should only take place inside such marriages, and that male and female genders are unchangeable

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