Vermont mayor issues travel ban to North Carolina

Burlington, Vermont’s Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger signed an executive order on Monday which will forbid city employees from traveling to North Carolina on official business, because of the law they passed last year which requires that people use public bathrooms according to the biological sex listed on their birth certificate.

“North Carolina’s new law does nothing to protect transgender individuals and creates a unique prohibition against municipalities taking any action to reduce discrimination,” Weinberger said in a statement. “Burlington will stand with the many other cities from around the country that will continue to boycott North Carolina until the state ends this discriminatory practice.”

However, that particular law, which was called House Bill 2, was repealed and replaced by House Bill 142, which removed the birth certificate listing mandate. HB 142, on the other hand, also stops “local governments and school boards from passing any laws governing multiple-occupancy bathrooms, unless those laws are in compliance with laws passed by the state’s General Assembly.”

Today, there are no state laws that govern which restroom transgender people choose to use.

Businesses, however, can make their own rules, and anyone who goes against those rules could be prosecuted for trespassing.

Weinberger joins other cities and states that want to punish North Carolina for not taking the law far enough. California, Washington State, and Chicago have all said that their employees are still banned from traveling to North Carolina.

“As a welcoming city for all, we are clear on our values of tolerance and inclusion, and we won’t stand by idly when discriminatory policies threaten the rights of any single group or community,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Until North Carolina acknowledges the rights of the LGBTQ community and treats all individuals fairly, the City of Chicago will be taking our business elsewhere, and we encourage others to do the same.”

H/T: The Blaze

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