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Cuomo Bans Government Travel to Indiana

In an incredibly hypocritical and politically motivated move, Governor Cuomo is banning all non-essential government employee travel to the state of Indiana as a sign of protest over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Pressure began mounting on Cuomo when a group of LGBT lawmakers in New York demanded he issue an executive order boycotting the state.

The RFRA has been intolerantly attacked by those in the LGBT and far-left communities as being a license to discriminate, a completely false argument to say the least.  Multiple states have had RFRA laws in effect, none of which allow for discrimination.

Stanford law professor Michael McConnell, a former appellate court judge, told The Weekly Standard: “In the decades that states have had RFRA statutes, no business has been given the right to discriminate against gay customers, or anyone else.”

Still, Cuomo has taken directives from his far-left base and issued the travel ban.

Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman announced the ban on Twitter:

What makes Cuomo and his Democrat colleagues efforts ooze with hypocrisy is this fact – For all their efforts to portray themselves as champions of human rights and freedoms, Cuomo is travelling to establish trade relations with a brutal dictatorship next month, and these same Democrats wholeheartedly support the effort.

In fact, Assembly Democrats such as Deborah Glick, who issued the demand for the Governor to boycott Indiana, were celebrating Cuomo’s trip just days ago.  Glick has even co-sponsored a resolution urging Cuomo to open up “the ports of the state so New York businesses can be more competitive in obtaining contracts to trade with the Republic of Cuba.”

Cuba meanwhile, has no anti-discrimination laws currently regarding the provisions of goods and services.  None. They have no anti-discrimination laws regarding hate speech against particular groups.  But they do have a constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.

Yet Democrats and Cuomo are perfectly fine with that.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has a question for the Governor:

Indiana’s alleged intolerance – Bad.  Cuba’s proven intolerance – *shrug*. Liberals in their quest to oppose Republicans have long since vacated any notion of common sense.  

They’d rather support a communist dictatorship than a Republican effort to restore religious freedoms.  

Update:  Wonder if Chuck Schumer’s office has a comment on this travel ban, considering he introduced H.R. 1308 – the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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