West Palm Beach Mayor Issues North Carolina Travel Ban in support of LGBT
Mayor Jeri Muoio has become the first mayor in Fla to ban city-funded trips to North Carolina.
In the wake of North Carolina's enactment of HB2, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has become the first mayor in Florida to place a travel ban on city-funded trips to North Carolina.
HB2, which was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last week, nullified all local ordinances in North Carolina which prohibit discrimination based sexual orientation or gender identity.
"For more than two decades, West Palm Beach has been in the forefront, protecting the civil rights and ensuring equality for the LGBT community," said Muoio. "Until North Carolina's discriminatory law is amended or repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people."
Mayor Muoio took this action at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local civil rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
"North Carolina's leaders have struck down local LGBT-inclusive discrimination ordinances and have prohibited the enactment of similar laws forever," said retired judge Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Human Rights Council. "We commend Mayor Muoio for putting her strong beliefs against bigotry into action by prohibiting taxpayer dollars being used in North Carolina."
A similar travel ban has reported to have been put into place by the mayor of San Francisco.
Last year, Muoio was one of a handful of mayors who announced a similar travel ban to the state of Indiana, following the wake of Indiana's passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
As the result of pressure placed on Indiana by civic leaders, businesses, and numerous other entities, the Indiana Legislature promptly amended the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,by specifying that the law could not be used as a legal defense to discriminate against patrons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.