Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday both announced bans on all nonessential publicly funded travel to North Carolina in protest of state legislation quickly passed and made law there to block local anti-LGBT ordinances.
“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, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing his executive order. “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.”
The measure, passed by the North Carolina state legislature last month, blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures and requires people who are transgender use bathrooms according to the sex assigned to them at birth.
De Blasio, who issued his own travel ban Monday, said he would also bar travel to Georgia if lawmakers there override the governor’s veto of a bill that would have allowed faith-based organizations to discriminate against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
“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,” the Democratic mayor said, applauding corporations for being among those speaking out. “My hope is that both of these states will relent.”
The state and the city follow in the footsteps of San Francisco, which banned travel to North Carolina beginning Friday.