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Gov. bans non-essential state travel to N.C.

Posted: 8:31 PM, Mar 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-30 14:23:02Z

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina.

The move follows North Carolina's enactment of a law barring transgender individuals from using restrooms appropriate for their gender identities. The law also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from state anti-discrimination protections. 

"In New York, we believe that all people, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law," said Governor Cuomo.

The Governor's order, which takes effect immediately, requires all state agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel.

In 2015, the Governor banned non-essential state travel to Indiana, after its legislature passed a religious freedom measure that did not prohibit discrimination against LGBT citizens.  That measure was later amended.