Oakland Joins Other Cities in Denouncing the Religious Freedom Law

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The new Indiana religious law has been seeing many opponents. According to the critics, that law could be responsible for discrimination against the LGBT community. Oakland is joining the opponents, as Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city won’t be funding the business travel to Indiana because of the law.

In a statement, Mayor Schaaf said that she has told the City Administrator not to use the city dollars for any business-related travel to Indiana. She said that she is also requesting the City Council to pass a resolution that would ban travel to Indiana on any City business.

In the statement, she said, “”As Mayor of Oakland, I join with jurisdictions, private citizens, businesses and other entities around the world in denouncing the State of Indiana’s action and will continue to direct the City Administrator to deny the use of City dollars for travel to Indiana as long as this discriminatory law remains in effect,”

She further said, “As one of the most diverse cities in America, Oakland has been at the forefront of promoting the equitable treatment of its residents and fostering an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and the protection of our fundamental civil rights.”

The ban would continue till the law remains in effect.

Oakland joins San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Portland, Oregon, to ban travel to Indiana.

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