BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Two New York state lawmakers are urging their governor to ban all non-essential state-funded trips to Louisiana in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order Tuesday.
Jindal's Religious Liberty order protects from retribution those who - based on religion - believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Groups like the New Orleans Convention Visitor's Bureau and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Cooperation argue it allows businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
N.Y. State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell are pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban some state-funded travel to Louisiana.
"Our state's employees should not be put in a situation where they can be legally discriminated against or made to feel unsafe, and our state must not support Governor Jindal's campaign against LGBT individuals," Gianaris and O'Donnell said in a joint letter to Cuomo.
"I think corporate America needs to reexamine their alliances in some cases with the radical left," Jindal said Wednesday while defending his executive order. "All my executive order does simply says this state will not discriminate against christian individuals, business owners or others of other faiths who have a traditional view of marriage. I think it's the right thing to do."
New York banned non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana when that state passed a law similar to Jindal's order.
"Our position is, and I've introduced legislation to this effect, that any state that seeks to discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation should not be receiving New York dollars and that means denying convention business or other state-sponsored travel to the states," Gianaris said.
Jindal's office did not respond to our request for comments about the proposed ban.