NY Gov. Cuomo lifts bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lifted a ban on some state-funded travel to Indiana, saying he believes changes made to an Indiana religious-objections law will keep it from being used to discriminate against gay people.

The Democratic governor announced the travel change Saturday, four days after enacting it. It affected non-essential, state-paid trips.

Controversy recently arose over new measures in Indiana and Arkansas that barred state and local governments from impinging on people’s ability to follow their religious beliefs, with some limitations.

Supporters said law would protect religious liberties. But critics said they could be used to discriminate against gays.

The Republican governors of both states signed changed versions of the laws Thursday, hoping to quiet the outcry. The Indiana version specifies that it can’t be used to discriminate.