California keeps NC travel ban despite HB2 repeal
Posted April 12
Updated April 13
RALEIGH, N.C. — California's attorney general says North Carolina's repeal of a strongly criticized law doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination. Consequently, he says the country's most-populous state will continue its ban on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the decision in a statement Wednesday.
A California law went into effect in January barring state-funded travel or other spending in states with laws that discriminate against LGBT people. The law leaves it up to Becerra to keep a list of which states are banned.
Gay-rights groups argue North Carolina's repeal of House Bill 2 is inadequate because the replacement legislation still bars local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances covering sexual orientation and gender identity until December 2020.
California also bans taxpayer-funded travel to Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.