Minneapolis drops proposed Indiana travel ban after law tweak

The Minneapolis City Council passed a revised resolution Friday that calls on Indiana to create formal protections for gay citizens, but the resolution does not ban city-funded travel to the state. The change comes one day after lawmakers in Indiana revised their "religious freedom" bill to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation.

Earlier this week, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked the Minneapolis Fire Department to cancel plans to attend a conference in Indianapolis later this month and the fire chief canceled the trip.

"The actions we took today and this week in response to Indiana's law made a difference," Hodges said. "We helped move the Governor Pence and the Indiana Legislature to substantively revise the discriminatory law. We supported the Indianapolis Mayor Ballard, the City–County Council, and the LGBT community of Indiana in their efforts to build an inclusive state. We helped other states make the wise decision to back down from passing similar discriminatory laws. We demonstrated to City employees that we value their safety. We showed our residents that we will stand up for our shared values. And we reminded America that progressive, inclusive and welcoming cities like Minneapolis are also prosperous, thriving cities."

The resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council calls on Indiana and 27 other states "which offer no protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens to establish this group as a protected class."

The resolution calls for Indiana to "place these protections as quickly as possible and to then vigorously enforce and protect the civil rights of all people within their borders regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class status."

EXPLAINER: Why Indiana's 'religious freedom' law wouldn't hold in Minnesota


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