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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivering his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 18, 2015.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivering his budget address to the senate and house inside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 18, 2015.  Jessica Hill–AP

Connecticut Bans State-Funded Travel to Indiana Over Controversial Law

Updated: Mar 30, 2015 11:33 PM ET

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order Monday to ban state-funded travel to Indiana as a protest to that state's new religious objections law, which critics are slamming as discriminatory, following through on an earlier pledge to do so.

Malloy, who called the legislation "disturbing, disgraceful and outright discriminatory'' against the LGBT community, according to the Hartford Courant, also suggested it would be "a wise choice" to move next year's Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament out of Indiana.

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The law, newly signed and staunchly defended by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is considered by critics as discriminatory because it would essentially allow businesses to refuse services to customers due to business owners' religious beliefs. Indiana legislators said Monday that language will be added to the law to clarify that it doesn't mean discrimination against gay people is allowed, NBC reports.

Connecticut's travel restriction will follow similar moves by two major cities in recent days. On Friday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee banned city-funded travel to the state of Indiana, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray followed suit on Saturday.

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