HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Thursday banning all state-funded travel to North Carolina.
The order comes in response to a bill signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that invalidates an order in the city of Charlotte allowing transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
The law also requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
“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,” Malloy said in a statement.READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
“…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.”
Malloy isn’t the only local leader to impact such a ban. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a ban on non-essential state travel to North Carolina in response to the bill on March 28.
“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,” Cuomo said in an earlier statement.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Statue Of Polish Hero Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Is Vandalized
in 2015, both Malloy and Cuomo placed a ban on non-essential travel to Indiana after the state passed a then-controversial ‘religious freedom’ law that critics said could be used to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. Cuomo and Malloy lifted the ban in 2015, after changes to the bill were made.