California is keeping its official travel ban to North Carolina in place.
The large West Coast state is not satisfied with the Tarheel State’s recent repeal of the anti-LGBTI law known as HB2.
‘Discrimination is unacceptable and we intend to protect LBGT rights,’ California Attorney General Hector Becerra said in a statement on Wednesday (12 April).
‘… With limited exceptions, our taxpayer resources are not spent in states that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.’
HB2 was passed just over a year ago to force transgender people to use a bathroom matching their gender at birth and to strip cities of the right to pass anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBTI people.
A recent compromise bill signed into law by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper allows provisions of HB2 to remain in effect through 2020.
‘North Carolina’s new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination,’ Becerra stated.
Following passage of HB2, California passed AB 1887 which bans state-funded travel by state employees to North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi or any other state that passes a new law that discriminates against LGBT people.
Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, applauded the state for standing firm.
Replacement bill ‘HB 142 does not restore local non-discrimination ordinances passed before HB2 and local governments are still prohibited from passing protections for their own LGBT citizens, including laws protecting restroom access for transgender people,’ Zbur said.
‘That leaves LGBT people without equal protection under the law.’