SF schools latest to ban Indiana travel after religious freedom law 

San Francisco State University on Monday became the latest entity in The City to ban travel to Indiana after a religious freedom bill was signed there last week that opponents say promotes discrimination.

The announcement by SFSU President Leslie Wong — that no school money from any source will be used to support employee or student travel to Indiana — comes after Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza issued similar statements Thursday, banning employees from traveling to Indiana with public funds.

“I am dismayed, if not extremely disappointed, in the recent legislation signed into law in Indiana. It is unconscionable for this great University to spend its resources in a state that attempts to legislate discrimination of any kind,” Wong said in a statement.

Wong also said he is boycotting a required meeting next month in Indianapolis of the NCAA Division II President’s Council, of which Wong is a member. “Our commitment to social justice on this campus remains a point of pride for me,” Wong said.

Critics of the law argue it allows prejudice against members of the LGBT community. But Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has emphasized the bill is not intended to promote bias.

Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said Monday they are working on adding language to the law to make it clear that it doesn’t allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Also Thursday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced via his Twitter page that the San Francisco-based company is canceling all programs that require customers or employees to travel to Indiana. The Associatd Press contributed to this report.


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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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