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Big-City Mayors, Governor Stand Up To Discriminatory North Carolina Law

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/03/23: Mayor Bill de Blasio makes a point during his presentation. Mayor de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Melissa Mark-Viverito & HUD director Julian Castro highlighted a rally in Foley Square to celebrate passage of the city's new mandatory inclusionary zoning law to promote affordable housing. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The governor of New York, and the mayors of New York City and Seattle, announced on Monday that their state and cities would be joining San Francisco in adopting a ban on publicly-funded employee travel to North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law barring localities for passing laws to protect LGBT rights.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) cited New York’s proud history of fighting for LGBT rights dating back to the Stonewall Riots in his announcement of an executive order prohibiting use of state funds for nonessential employee travel to North Carolina. Cuomo temporarily issued a ban against Indiana in 2015 after it passed similar legislation that was later amended.

“In New York, we believe that all people — regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation — deserve the same rights and protections under the law,” Cuomo said in a statement accompanying his executive order.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced his decision to enact a city employee travel ban at a press conference on Monday, warning that the country’s largest city would enact the same policy for travel if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto Monday of a similar bill in his state ends up being overridden.

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