New York State, San Francisco, Seattle, & More Ban Travel to North Carolina Over Anti-Gay Bill

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The backlash continues for North Carolina after Governor McCrory signed into law a bill that repealed Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance, prevented other towns from passing their own nondiscrimination ordinances, prevents transgender people from being able to use the restroom that matches the gender they live every day, and even prevents cities from adopting living wage ordinances. Now, mayors from three major US cities, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, and smaller cities like West Palm Beach have all signed ordinances banning non-essential travel to North Carolina by city employees. It doesn’t stop there, now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the travel ban will extend to all state employees.

Cuomo said in a statement:

“In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law,” Cuomo said in a statement. “From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past. As long as there is a law in North Carolina that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT people, I am barring non-essential state travel to that state.”


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