There’s a new craze that’s sweeping the nation. From California to the New York Island, North Carolina is not made for you and me. At least that is what the leaders of New York, Seattle and San Francisco want you think (or if you are a state employee, it is what they are making you think).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee have banned all “city-funded” and “non-essential” travel to the state of North Carolina after the Tar Heel state passed legislation that, according to CNN, is “blocking cities from allowing transgender individuals to use public bathrooms for the sex they identify as -- as well as restricting cities from passing nondiscrimination laws more broadly.”
In his statement, Gov. Cuomo said the following:
From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past. As long as there is a law in North Carolina that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT people, I am barring non-essential state travel to that state.
“It is my hope for our nation that we do not allow issues of discrimination to divide us,” said Seattle Mayor Murray.
San Francisco Mayor Lee commented, “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.”
The new North Carolina law blocks the city of Charlotte's recently-passed “nondiscrimination” ordinance which allowed for transgendered people to use whichever public restroom that ties closest to the gender they identify with.
Is this the start of a “slippery slope” situation where governmental leaders begin banning regular citizens from traveling wherever they please?