The mayor of San Francisco has banned city employees from travelling to North Carolina on public business, after the state passed a controversial law which discriminates against LGBTI people.
Mayor Edwin Lee condemned North Carolina after Governor Pat McCrory signed into law new legislation which overturned protections for LGBTI people, including a ban on trans people to use bathrooms based on their gender identity.
Lee said: ‘We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
‘Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of North Carolina that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.
‘I believe strongly that we should be adding more protections to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the United States, not taking them away.’
Lee also made reference to other states planning ‘religious freedom’ bills, adding: ‘With other states like Georgia on the verge of passing more discriminatory laws, let me be clear that San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in any City or State.’
A similar ban on travelling to Indiana on public business was made by Lee last year after the state passed similar anti-LGBTI legislation. The ban was lifted after the law was amended.
The condemnation by Mayor Lee follows statements from businesses such as Apple, Facebook and Google voicing their disapproval for the legislation.
In a tweet from their official account, Google said: ‘We believe in equal rights and equal treatment for all. This North Carolina law is misguided & wrong. #WeAreNotThis’.