Georgia isn’t the only state to be in the limelight regarding an anti-LGBT bill; North Carolina has also joined the pack, with their own piece of hateful legislation.
And just like Georgia, they’re on the receiving end of criticism, including states like Connecticut, which has officially banned all non-essential state-funded travel to the northern most Carolina.
In a statement condemning North Carolina’s HB2, Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said:
When we see discrimination and injustice, we have to act. This law is not just wrong, it poses a public safety risk to Connecticut residents traveling through North Carolina. That’s why I have signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to the state.
Connecticut isn’t the first state or city do take these steps. New York City, Portland, San Fran, and Seattle are all cities that have instituted similar bans, as have the states of New York, Washington, and Vermont.
The particular act, signed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, voids all LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances across the state, removes the right to sue in state court over nondiscrimination issues, and, of course, contains a bathroom bill banning transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Because this is what “small government” does, people. It’s so small it can park itself right there by the bathroom door and tell you that you have to pee in a bottle.
I posit a new use for the federal government: protecting us from state overreach and tyranny in state governments.
Malloy called it “unacceptable” and said that folks should stand up to these laws:
This law endangers the welfare not just of North Carolina’s citizens, but of all people visiting that state. Nearly two decades ago, Connecticut was among the first states to pass a comprehensive anti-discrimination law concerning sexual orientation, and three years ago I proudly signed a law adding gender identity and expression to those statutes. We need to do what we can to stand up and act against laws that encourage – as a matter of public policy – discrimination and endangerment of our citizenry. It’s unacceptable, and Connecticut is acting.
It is unacceptable, and that’s why it’s such a shame so many Americans find it acceptable.
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Thamiel is a teacher and a learner; he’s a patron of the arts and sciences, and a supporter for universal human rights — as well as another quiet afternoon with the latest find at the local library.