Dayton mulls ban on state travel to Indiana after new law

Published 10:21 am Thursday, April 2, 2015

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a ban on state travel to Indiana after a religious freedom law there has faced sharp criticism.

Opponents say the Indiana law is a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton told the Star Tribune he abhors the law and supports those standing against it.

The governor says he doesn’t want to rush into a travel ban without weighing the consequences. He plans a response within the next two days. Some other governors have already banned state travel there.

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The Minneapolis Fire Department earlier Wednesday canceled plans to attend a conference in Indiana.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has said the law wasn’t intended to allow discrimination. He wants lawmakers to pass clarifying language specifically barring businesses from discriminating against gays.