Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has banned non-essential travel for state workers to Mississippi over passage of a law he's criticized as discriminatory.

The law, signed Tuesday by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, allows religious organizations and businesses related to the wedding industry to deny service to gay and transgender people.

“Government should be in the practice of eliminating discrimination – not embracing it. This law in Mississippi is an active attempt to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. We, as a state, cannot stand for that,” Malloy said in a press release. “I am proud of Connecticut's continued advancement of equality for all residents. Our state prides itself on our diversity. We celebrate it. And we are a stronger, better state as a result. This law, however, is simply rooted in backwards thinking and backwards values. That's why we're taking action.”

Malloy has also banned state-funded travel to North Carolina in response to passage of a law that prohibits cities from enacting measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and bars students attending public institutions from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender at birth.

Bryant, a Republican, has defended the law, saying it protects religious freedom in the state.