FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stonewall Democrats of WNY commends City of Buffalo Common Council for calling on City of Buffalo to issue city-funded travel ban to Indiana
Stonewall Democrats sincerely thank Common Council for call to action.
In a letter to the City of Buffalo Common Council and President Darius Pridgen, SDWNY President Bryan Ball today commended the council for speaking out on the state of Indiana’s discriminatory “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
“The call for a boycott of a state where hardworking women and men work and make their lives is never an easy one, and I thank you, like our Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York, for making that important call to protest and bring attention to the categorically unjust and oppressive new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in the state of Indiana, which segregates whole classes of citizens, and actively provides discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.,” Ball said.
“As you are aware, the state of New York has no such law, and has forged historic ground when it comes to advancing the civil rights of all Americans. Same-gender couples have for several years now been able to legally marry here, and sexual orientation is a protected class of citizenry under New York civil rights law. Transgender New Yorkers, tragically, remain unprotected by our government, as no such law adding gender identity and expression to NYS civil rights law has been passed. This is a grave injustice we have been working for more than a decade to correct, and one which the City of Buffalo long ago—as you are now— addressed, by passing a version of legislation aimed at creating protections for transgender Buffalo residents in city law. In calling for this travel ban, this public display of opposition to the state of Indiana’s treatment of their citizens, you are forcefully calling attention to the mistreatment of LGBT Americans everywhere, whether that injustice be in the state of Indiana or New York.
…I deeply appreciate your legislative body speaking out on Indiana’s draconian and discriminatory legislation. I hope that similar legislative bodies, across New York, Indiana and our United States will follow suit, in taking action to speak out against this oppressive law.”
Read the full text of the letter here.