NY Gov. Issues NC Travel Ban to Protest State's 'Misguided' LGBT Law
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued a ban on nonessential state travel to North Carolina in protest to the state's new LGBT law.
The move comes after North Carolina passed a law last week prohibiting transgender individuals from using the restroom of their gender identity.
The law also bars local governments statewide from prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"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," Cuomo wrote.
The executive order directs:
All agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions to review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of North Carolina so long as there is law in effect there that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT citizens; and
To bar any such publicly funded or publicly sponsored travel to such location, unless such travel is necessary for the enforcement of New York State law, to meet prior contractual obligations, or for the protection of public health, welfare, and safety.