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.
Because of North Carolina’s new law of intolerance and exclusion, the Mayor will prohibit official travel to N.C. pic.twitter.com/QFxIKFM7WF
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) March 30, 2016
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.”
New 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.