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Atlanta Mayor Bans City-Employee Travel To NC Over LGBT Law

Mayor Kasim Reed plans to enact a travel ban for city employees to North Carolina, according to city of Atlanta.
Mayor Kasim Reed plans to enact a travel ban for city employees to North Carolina, according to city of Atlanta.
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Story updated at 6:15 p.m. Monday

Atlanta Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday announced a ban on travel to North Carolina for city employees after a law passed there that excludes LGBT people from anti-discrimination protections and keeps cities from adopting their own anti-discrimination measures.

The law also gained widespread attention for rules that would require people who are transgender to use public restrooms associated with the gender on their birth certificates.

“As a result of Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign discriminatory and unnecessary legislation into law, effective today I am directing all City departments to stop non-essential, publicly-funded employee travel to the State of North Carolina,” Reed said in a statement.

McCrory is a Republican.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and mayors in Seattle, San Francisco and New York have taken similar action.

Reed was outspoken against a Georgia bill, vetoed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, that could have overturned Atlanta’s own lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender anti-discrimination ordinances.

“I extend my support to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who worked to enhance protections for the city’s LGBT population, as well as to the LGBT residents of North Carolina. Every person, regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexuality is a valued member of our community,” said Reed in a statement Monday.

This post will be updated.