Just one week after unanimously passing a resolution in support of SB 735/HB 1577—legislation fully protecting transgender Bay Staters from discrimination in public spaces,—today, every single member of the Council voted in favor of an ordinance banning city-funded travel to North Carolina just one week after their state lawmakers passed one of the worst anti-LGBT bills in the country.
The ordinance was introduced by City Councilor Josh Zakim, who celebrated the victory on Twitter:
The City Council’s vote today comes as North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory and lawmakers are under fire from businesses and leading CEOs who have expressed strong opposition to HB 2—legislation passed last week during an “emergency” special session that bans any local non-discrimination laws and forces transgender people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities consistent with the gender they live every day.
Boston joins a growing chorus of cities and elected leaders taking action against the shameful North Carolina law, including the Mayors of Seattle, New York City, San Francisco and the Governors of New York, Washington, Vermont—all of which have enacted similar travel bans to the Tar Heel State.
We thank the Boston City Council for, once again, standing with the majority of Bostonians and Bay Staters who agree discrimination has no place in our Commonwealth. And we call on lawmakers—especially Governor Charlie Baker—to take note: Discrimination isn’t just wrong, it’s damaging for a state’s bottom line.
As North Carolina continues to experience the economic fall out of it’s discriminatory law, Massachusetts lawmakers have a chance to take the high road—by passing SB 735/HB 1577 to fully protect transgender Bay Staters and make clear that our state is open for business to everyone.
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