by Paul Blest
“In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the law,” said Governor Cuomo. “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.”And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also said he would take the same measure against Georgia in the event that Governor Nathan Deal's veto on that state's "religious liberty" bill is overturned by the state legislature:
West Palm Beach mayor Jeri Mouio announced her city's ban yesterday, while Seattle mayor Ed Murray issued a similar declaration on Monday night, saying, "It is my hope for our nation that we do not allow issues of discrimination to divide us. Our union is only made stronger when all Americans are treated equitably."