North Carolina may have made some effort to appease outraged critics of its controversial transgender bathroom bill, but Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday it’s not enough and Los Angeles city workers should still avoid that state.
Garcetti called for an extension of the Los Angeles government ban on non-essential travel by its employees to North Carolina after a bill signed by that state’s governor retained some features still objectionable.
“Every American deserves to live free of discrimination, and the law signed last week by Governor (Roy) Cooper does nothing to protect the rights and dignity of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” Garcetti said.
The new bill repealed last year’s House Bill 2 that required people at government-run facilities use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, but it left a few provisions in place, including a temporary ban on local governments passing or amending their own nondiscrimination ordinances.
Last year, Garcetti signed a motion passed by the Los Angeles City Council that banned non-essential travel to North Carolina until its laws discriminating against gay and transgender people are repealed.
The motion was one of many actions taken by public and private institutions against North Carolina, including the NCAA, which moved 2016-2017 championship events out of the state.
“Cities should have every opportunity to make policies that affirm values of equal justice, protect people from hate and bias, and uphold the constitutional right to self-determination,” Garcetti said.
“Until that is made real in North Carolina, I urge the City Council to extend L.A.’s ban on non-essential travel to the state by city employees,” he said. “I would sign that ban right away, and will continue doing everything in my power to make sure that Angelenos’ tax dollars are never spent to support bigotry based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
—City News Service
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