Mayor Ed Murray Monday signed an Executive Order banning official City of Seattle travel by employees to North Carolina in response that state’s passage of H.B. 2, which revoked civil rights protections for LGBTQ people.
“It is my hope for our nation that we do not allow issues of discrimination to divide us,” said Murray. “Our union is only made stronger when all Americans are treated equitably.”
Murray also committed to signing additional Executive Orders to ban City travel to any state that follows in North Carolina’s footsteps.
North Carolina’s H.B. 2 overrides existing LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinances in the state and bans transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity. The law also ends the longstanding right for any group receiving protections under the law – including women and people of color – to enforce their rights in state courts.
The Mayor of San Francisco is also restricting travel to North Carolina for City employees. A number of major corporations have condemned H.B. 2, including Google and Facebook, as have the NBA and NCAA.