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New York Governor Bans Non-Essential State Travel To North Carolina

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo in Goshen, NY 09.22.11

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in the wake of that state's decision to overturn an ordinance on transgender rights.

The ban, which was signed by executive order on Monday, requires all state agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to North Carolina.

In a statement, the Democratic governor said New York "will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past."

North Carolina lawmakers last week voided a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.

Backers of the state law say it was needed to prevent predators from using restrooms marked for the opposite sex.

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