West Palm mayor: No travel to NC on city business

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Rand Hoch, Human Rights Council president

West Palm Beach has taken a stand against North Carolina’s new law that bans local governments from passing local anti-discrimination ordinances.

Mayor Jeri Muoio on Monday, at the urging of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, banned West Palm employees from traveling to North Carolina on city business.

“Until North Carolina’s  discriminatory law is amended or repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people,” Muoio said.

 The bill, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last week, also requires that transgender residents use only the public restrooms of their biological sex.

“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 “Until North Carolina’s  discriminatory law is amended or repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people.”

 Retired judge Rand Hoch, president of the Human Rights Council, lauded Muoio’s action. “North Carolina’s leaders have struck down local LGBT-inclusive discrimination ordinances and have prohibited the enactment of similar laws forever,” Hoch said.

Last year Muoio announced a similar travel ban to the state of Indiana, protesting a new state law there being criticized nationwide as anti-gay and anti-civil rights. That state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act subsequently was amended to specify that it could not be used as a legal defense to discriminate against patrons based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Mayor Jeri Muoio