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Multnomah County joins Indiana travel boycott

Kafoury 'won't stand by and watch that happen'

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has joined the local wave of elected officials banning government-funded travel to Indiana.

She announced Tuesday that she will halt all county-funded travel to Indiana because of the "religious freedom" bill that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law last week.

That state's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," approved by the the state's Legislature, has sparked criticism from across the nation that the law will allow people to discriminate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Under her authority as Multnomah County's chief executive, Kafoury has declared that when she signs the executive order this week, no employees will travel to Indiana on county business as long as the law remains in effect.

"The elected officials of Indiana should understand that serving the public means serving all members of the public," Kafoury said. "The religious freedom law that was enacted in Indiana opens up members of the LGBT community to discrimination.

At Multnomah County, we won't stand by and watch that happen."

Kafoury's office says the entire Board of County Commissioners

supports the new executive rule.