One by One, Governments Ban Work Trips to North Carolina

For the second time in a year, Portland city leaders are making a political statement by preparing a travel embargo against a state deemed to have discriminatory laws.
by | March 30, 2016 AT 12:40 PM

By Brad Schmidt

For the second time in a year, Portland city leaders are making a political statement by preparing a travel embargo against a state deemed to have discriminatory laws.

This time it's North Carolina, where the governor last week signed a law that prevents protections for gay and lesbian residents.

Last year, it was Indiana's "religious freedom" bill.

In both cases, the move would block travel by city employees to those states -- a move more symbolic than tangible.

Other governments have already announced boycotts of North Carolina, including New York and Seattle.

Portland's travel ban is being introduced at Wednesday's City Council meeting. All five members of the council are introducing the resolution, indicating unanimous support.

The City Council plans to join others who "condemn" the "Public Facilities Privacy and Securities Act" and will temporarily suspend travel to North Carolina until the bill is overturned.

The City Council also is calling on civic and business leaders throughout Portland, "who have long been stalwart supporters for LGBTQ rights and against discrimination of any kind, to join us in saying no to discrimination."

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