Mayor Hodges Asks Fire Department to Cancel Travel Plans to Indiana Conference
Mayor calling on Council to prohibit use of City funds for travel to Indiana, in response to discriminatory law
April 1, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) —In response to the State of Indiana’s recent adoption of a law that permits discrimination against LGBT people, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has asked the Chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department to cancel plans for his staff to attend a conference in Indianapolis in late April, which the department had been planning to attend. Fire Chief John Fruetel has cancelled those travel plans, supporting the mayor’s position.
Further, Mayor Hodges has asked the Minneapolis City Council to pass policy prohibiting the use of City funds for official business travel to Indiana. The mayor has asked the City Council to pass this policy as swiftly as possible.
“Minneapolis is a welcoming, inclusive city that respects and values the contributions and the safety of everyone who lives, works, and visits here, and the City of Minneapolis as an employer respects and values the same in our employees,” said Mayor Hodges. “I cannot in good conscience support any official travel to Indiana in light of its enacting a law that makes discrimination legal, particularly against LGBT people.
“I am pleased to support Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the Indianapolis City–County Council, who have called on Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly either to repeal the discriminatory law or to enact statewide legal protections for LGBT people. I send our best wishes to them, and to the residents and LGBT community in Indianapolis and across Indiana who are working to build inclusive, welcoming, and prosperous communities. Until the Governor and the Legislature repeal the law, enact protections for LGBT people, or both, I don’t think we should betray Minneapolis residents’ values by spending public dollars in Indiana, or put Minneapolis public employees at risk there.”
Published Apr 1, 2015