MONTPELIER, Vt. – Officials say Governor Peter Shumlin is banning official state travel to North Carolina in response to a law that overturns anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a similar ban on Monday.
“The law passed in North Carolina is an absolute disgrace,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Vermont has a proud tradition of protecting the rights of LGBT individuals. I’m making this decision in that tradition. I’m proud to join with New York in taking this action. I hope other states will join us in applying pressure on North Carolina to recognize common sense, common decency, and common humanity and repeal this law.”
A year ago, Shumlin banned official travel to Indiana after that state passed a law which promoted anti-gay discrimination. Indiana eventually modified its law and Vermont’s travel ban was lifted.
The memo sent to cabinet members from Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson is copied below.
Dear Cabinet Members,
Until further notice, the Governor has banned official state travel to North Carolina. This is in response to the recent passage of a law in that state that overturns anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. The ban is in effect until further notice and applies to all travel requests from this date forward. If you feel you have extraordinary circumstances that require an exemption, please appeal directly to me.