Malloy bans state-funded travel to North Carolina

Gov. Dannel Malloy is banning state-funded travel to North Carolina in response to recent legislation that many feel discriminates against gay and transgender people.

Malloy announced Thursday that he signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to North Carolina. This comes after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act on March 23.

“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 issued Thursday morning.

Malloy joins a chorus of people and companies opposed to the law, which was passed by the North Carolina legislature. The law requires people to use multi-stall bathrooms that match their birth certificates at state agencies, schools and universities.

The new law establishes a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance that explicitly supersedes local nondiscrimination ordinances.

Malloy said North Carolina’s rule “endangers the welfare not just of North Carolina’s citizens, but of all people visiting” North Carolina.

“Nearly two decades ago, Connecticut was among the first states to pass a comprehensive anti-discrimination law concerning sexual orientation, and three years ago I proudly signed a law adding gender identity and expression to those statutes. 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.  It’s unacceptable, and Connecticut is acting,” he said.