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Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy bans state travel to Indiana over anti-gay law

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on Monday signed an executive order barring state-funded travel to Indiana over the The Hoosier State's controversial new religious freedom law.

"When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can't sit idly by," Malloy wrote on Twitter. "We are sending a message that discrimination won't be tolerated."

Seattle and San Francisco have enacted similar bans in response to the law, which critics fear would allow people and businesses to cite religious beliefs to discriminate against gays. While the federal government and nearly 20 other states have similar religious freedom laws, Indiana's goes further by saying people and businesses cannot be "substantially burdened" in the exercise of their religion by the state or other individuals; other such laws specify protection only against state encroachment on religious freedom.