Mayor Bans Government Travel To NC, Mississippi, Amid Bathroom Law

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)—Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a government travel ban to North Carolina and Mississippi over the states’ controversial public restroom laws.

In an internal letter to city officials on Tuesday, Rawlings-Blake says,” As I have indicated to you in our individual conversations, I will not authorize any city-sponsored travel to those states while the current discriminatory situation exists.”

The travel ban comes in the wake of a controversial law surrounding transgender people’s rights to use public restrooms.

In March, the North Carolina legislature — reacting to a Houston-style nondiscrimination ordinance adopted by the city of Charlotte — hastily passed a law which limits protections for LGBT people and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. The law has been assailed by gay-rights groups, businesses, sports leagues and entertainers, and is now the subject of the dueling state and federal lawsuits.