WASHINGTON STATE GOV NEXT IN LINE LIBERAL TO BAN TRAVEL TO N.C.

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AP – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in the next government official to ban nearly all official travel to North Carolina because of the state’s law halting anti-discrimination rules.

Under the law signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory last week, cities and counties can’t pass measures protecting people based on sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations. The law was spurred by a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Inslee on Tuesday joined the governor of New York and the mayors of Seattle and San Francisco, who have banned anything but essential travel to North Carolina on the public’s dime. In making the announcement, Inslee praised Washington’s law that requires buildings open to the public to allow transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with the way they identify.

The travel ban is “consistent with our state’s approach to tolerance, fairness and a lack of discrimination,” Inslee said to reporters. “And I do think these things — they’re mostly symbolic — but symbolism is important when it comes to ending discrimination in our country.”

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