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Gov. Cuomo Bans Non-Essential State Travel to North Carolina

By Staff

 

cuomo22210409068_e1eafd35bb_zGov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina, following the state’s enactment of a law which the governor said, in part, bars transgender individuals from using restrooms appropriate for their gender identities.

The law also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from state anti-discrimination protections, and prohibits municipalities from extending those protections to LGBT citizens, Gov. Cuomo said.

“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,” Cuomo stated. “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.”

In 2015, Cuomo banned non-essential state travel to the state of Indiana, after the state’s legislature passed a controversial religious freedom law that did not prohibit discrimination against LGBT citizens. The Indiana measure was later amended to prevent it from being used to discriminate against LGBT residents and travelers in Indiana, and the travel ban was lifted.

Visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_155.pdf to view the governor’s full executive order.