San Francisco mayor bans city employees from traveling to North Carolina

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 02: San Francisco mayor Ed Lee speaks during a press conference announcing TPC Harding Park as host of the 2015 World Golf Championships Match Play Championship, the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2025 Presidents Cup at City Hall on July 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO – The mayor of San Francisco has banned virtually all publicly funded travel to North Carolina after the state passed a law limiting transgender rights.

“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,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

“Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of North Carolina that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.”

Several prominent corporations with ties to North Carolina have also objected to the bill that was signed by the governor this week.

The bill signed into law Wednesday overturned a city ordinance in Charlotte, that banned discrimination of LGBT individuals. The Charlotte ordinance was passed in February, but the state bill overruled it and prevents other North Carolina cities from enacting similar policies.

The bill also requires students in state schools to use bathrooms that correspond to their born gender and bans city minimum wages that surpass the state’s $7.25 an hour.

Director Rob Reiner called for a filming boycott in the Tar Heel state and the NBA also threatened to pull out its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement on Friday answering several questions that residents may have about the bill.

“The bill was passed after the Charlotte City Council voted to impose a regulation requiring businesses to allow a man into a women’s restroom, shower, or locker room if they choose,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “This ordinance would have eliminated the basic expectations of privacy people have when using the rest room by allowing people to use the restroom of their choice.”

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