As more states ban travel to NC, another invites NC businesses to relocate away from discriminatory HB2

Boston’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also announced that he was prohibiting official travel to the Tar Heel state following the passage of House Bill 2.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin called the North Carolina law an “absolute disgrace” in announcing that his state would be banning official state travel here:

“Vermont has a proud tradition of protecting the rights of LGBT individuals. I’m making this decision in that tradition. I’m proud to join with New York in taking this action. I hope other states will join us in applying pressure on North Carolina to recognize common sense, common decency, and common humanity and repeal this law.”

NC-TRAVELBANNew York – you guessed it – also restricting its state-workers from traveling to North Carolina.

Travel restrictions are now present in six states where elected officials believe North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is discriminatory against the LGBT community.

The governor of Connecticut took things a step further this week in publishing an open letter to North Carolina businesses, inviting them to relocate to a state that is not  “close-minded.”

Here’s an excerpt of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s letter to the NC business community:


Read Governor Malloy’s full letter here.

Governor Pat McCrory reiterated on national television Thursday morning that the legislation was “common sense” and protected the privacy of men, women and children throughout North Carolina.


  1. Mary

    March 31, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I would love to see all these states that have banned travel here to get upset about the way veterans are treated, the killing of unborn babies and extreme terrorists.
    Do we really want these people coming to our state anyway? Usually, northerners just complain about the south when they are here. So, I think governor McCroy has definitely made a step in the right direction!

  2. Alan

    March 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    And by “extreme terrorists” are you referring to those domestic terrorists that murder doctors, blow up federal buildings and kill hundreds of innocent people, including children?
    And by “the way our veterans are treated”, are you referring to the now legal discrimination they may face as a result of HB2? What about the homeless veterans, or those who suffer from PTSD who get little to no help from the very same government that sent them to war in the first place? I see a great deal of faux, disingenuous concern for our veterans, a pity that concern doesn’t extend to actually doing anything to help from those who like to remind us just how much they “love our veterans”.

    This is 2016, not civil war era America, “they” are welcome anytime “they” choose. The actions of this administration are already having negative consequences on our state, and Guv McCrory knows that all too well. No amount of spin he or his henchmen play will change the facts. The consequences of HB2 were accurately predicted well ahead of the special session they called to pass what is perhaps the most divisive and discriminatory legislation in the country.

  3. Bill

    April 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Very well put, Alan. Thank you.

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