Municipal employees in Burlington, Vermont, will soon be barred from carrying out any official trips to North Carolina thanks to a new executive order signed by Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger which contends that the state’s laws concerning transgender individuals are problematic and harmful.
“North Carolina’s new law does nothing to protect transgender individuals and creates a unique prohibition against municipalities taking any action to reduce discrimination,” Weinberger said in a statement. “Burlington will stand with the many other cities from around the country that will continue to boycott North Carolina until the state ends this discriminatory practice.”
Back in 2016, North Carolina stirred controversy with House Bill 2, which eliminated certain anti-discrimination protections from LGBT people and mandated that individuals could only use restrooms and changing rooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate when in government buildings.
The law was largely uprooted in March by House Bill 142, which did away with the bathroom-related restrictions but also prevented local governments from creating anti-discrimination ordinances of their own, meaning that private businesses in North Carolina can prohibit people from using bathrooms that do not correspond with their birth sex.
“I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise that will be introduced tomorrow,” Gov. Roy Cooper said of HB 142. “It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation.”
Critics of the revised bill claim that it did not go far enough to protect LGBT people and was only rushed to Cooper’s desk in order to preempt an NCAA deadline for determining final locations for championship events through 2022. The college basketball organization declared that it would not even consider North Carolina unless it repealed the controversial bathroom bill.