The mayors of Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Salt Lake City reaffirmed their cities’ bans on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina, after last week’s compromise legislation that repealed North Carolina House Bill 2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in N.C. cities and counties.
A city council member in Cincinnati said he wants his city to keep its boycott, too.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will do “everything in my power to make sure that Angelenos’ tax dollars are never spent to support bigotry based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“Every American deserves to live free of discrimination, and the law signed last week by Governor Cooper does nothing to protect the rights and dignity of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” Garcetti said in a statement released late Monday by the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign.
“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.”
In Santa Fe, “we stood up to ensure that every individual, regardless of their gender identity, will feel safe here,” Mayor Javier González said. “North Carolina shouldn’t stand in the way of their cities who want to do the same, and until they make it right, we have no intention of changing the ban on non-essential travel that is our current policy.”
The N.C. General Assembly on Thursday approved a compromise bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law.
Cooper negotiated the compromise with the Republican leaders of the legislature, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger.
“It was a very measured approach,” Moore told reporters. “I think this bill, as written, is also something that is very defensible in court. I think it’s something the public supports. No one is 100 percent happy, but I would say I’m 95 percent happy.”
Opposition and support did not fall along party lines in either the House or the Senate, as advocacy groups on the left and right criticized the measure. Some of the most liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans voted against it.