“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to voluntarily close both the Carmen Anthony Steakhouse of Waterbury after 19 years and the Carmen Anthony Steakhouse of New Haven after 10 years,” said owner Carmen Vacalebre in a statement. “We have worked very hard to keep our doors open. Now is the time to stop the hemorrhaging of the financial losses.”
Malloy issued the ban on March 30, protesting the act, which allow individuals and businesses to cite religious claims as a part of legal defense in cases not solely between individuals and the government. As a result, all travel from Connecticut to Indiana receiving support from the state government was suspended.
Connecticut has become the first state to ban state-funded travel to Indiana in protest of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order Monday afternoon, denouncing the act for being “disturbing, disgraceful and outright discriminatory” to the LGBTQ community.