New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning non-essential state travel to Mississippi over the state’s recently signed law offering legal protection to individuals and businesses opposed to gay marriage. The executive order came in response of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signing House Bill 1523 into law on Tuesday morning.

“… it is the policy of the state of New York to promote fairness, protect the welfare of the citizens of the state of New York, and combat discrimination,” reads the order in part. “All agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions [will] review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of Mississippi so long as there is law in effect there that permits and enshrines discrimination against LGBT citizens and unmarried individuals …” READ MORE