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New York City and State, Seattle Employees Banned From 'Non-Essential' Travel to North Carolina

Posted by on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:07 AM

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  • Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial at Riverside Park on Monday, May 26, 2014. Credit: Diana Robinson (Creative Commons)

The backlash against HB 2 continues, as the state of New York, New York City, Seattle, and West Palm Beach, Florida all banned "non-essential travel" for state and city government employees to the state of North Carolina after last Wednesday's discrimination parade. 

From New York governor Andrew Cuomo:
“In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the law,” said Governor Cuomo. “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.”
And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also said he would take the same measure against Georgia in the event that Governor Nathan Deal's veto on that state's "religious liberty" bill is overturned by the state legislature:

"I think it’s quite clear that voices of conscience all over the country are expressing outrage at these decisions which are reinstituting discrimination against the LGBT community," [de Blasio] said, adding, "My hope is that both these states will relent, but we certainly are not going to have any non-essential travel to those states if these laws do continue in effect."

West Palm Beach mayor Jeri Mouio announced her city's ban yesterday, while Seattle mayor Ed Murray issued a similar declaration on Monday night, saying, "It is my hope for our nation that we do not allow issues of discrimination to divide us. Our union is only made stronger when all Americans are treated equitably."

Cuomo took the same action against Indiana in 2015
when that state passed their ill-fated RFRA. New York becomes the first state to institute such a travel ban against North Carolina. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee took the same action last Friday.

Can't say we blame them.

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