BOOM: San Francisco Mayor Bans Government Travel To North Carolina


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee responded to the new law signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory which strikes down already-enacted legal protections for LGBT persons in Charlotte and nine other municipalities. City workers in San Francisco are banned from non-essential travel to North Carolina, Lee said.

Mayor Lee said in a statement Friday that residents in the city  “will not subsidize legally sanctioned discrimination.” He added that the new law turns back the clock on civil rights protections, according to NBC.

The law prevents cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination rules and imposes a statewide standard that leaves out protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The signed law alters the state’s law which had allowed private sector employees to sue their employers under state law discrimination on the basis of of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

Businesses have responded, too.

The NCAA planned to host at least 20 high-profile games in North Carolina in 2017 and 2018.

“We’ll continue to monitor current events, which include issues surrounding diversity, in all cities bidding on NCAA championships and events, as well as cities that have already been named as future host sites,” the statement read. “Our commitment to the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has not changed and is at the core of our NCAA values. It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events.”

American Airlines also condemned the anti-gay law.

“We believe no individual should be discriminated against because of gender identity or sexual orientation,” American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said. “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the state in which they are enacted.”

There are more examples at the Huffington Post. Once again, North Carolina politicians are the wrong side of history. What was deemed the ‘bathroom bill’ is opening the floodgates to discrimination with added alterations to eliminate protections for the LGBT community.

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