Budish issues ban on ‘official travel’ to North Carolina in light of ‘bathroom bill’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has issued an executive order banning official travel to the state of North Carolina in light of the controversial “bathroom bill.”

The order prohibits any officer or employee of Cuyahoga County from approving any non-essential official travel to the state.

On March 23, North Carolina, in an emergency session, passed the controversial Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.

The law prevents cities from creating non-discrimination policies based on gender identity.

The measure also mandates that students in state schools use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender when they were born.

Since, the cities of San Francisco and Washington, plus the state of Connecticut, barred state-funded travel to North Carolina because of the legislation.

A press release issued Wednesday states that Cuyahoga County has adopted an Equity Plan, which ensures equal equal treatment for members of the LGBTQ communities.

“A major pillar of this administration is fairness and equity for all persons. We deplore the radical action recently taken by the state government of North Carolina, and we will not support such action with our tax dollars,” said County Executive Budish. “Moreover, we invite those businesses that share our views, such as Pepsi, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Dow Chemical, IBM and Apple, to bring their business to a much more welcoming location, Cuyahoga County.”

The release states that the executive order remains in effect until the act is repealed or amended to allow local North Carolina jurisdictions to enact laws protecting LGBTQ communities from discrimination.