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Boston Considering Ban On City-Sponsored Trips To North Carolina

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Boston may soon join several other cities that are banning publicly funded travel to North Carolina after the state voided an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Earlier this month, North Carolina lawmakers and the governor approved legislation that blocked local anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people. The law also requires public schools and university students to use only those bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

Now, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim is pushing an ordinance that would ban city-sponsored travel to North Carolina.

COUNCILOR ZAKIM FILES ORDINANCE TO BAN CITY-SPONSORED TRAVEL TO NORTH CAROLINA BOSTON – City Councilor Josh Zakim...

Posted by Josh Zakim on Monday, March 28, 2016

"In Boston we take great pride in leading on issues of social justice and LGBTQ equality, and we have a continuing obligation to uphold this mission whenever there is an opportunity to do so," Zakim said in a statement. "That includes standing up and speaking out in the face of oppression and discrimination."

Mayor Marty Walsh told The Boston Globe he will sign the proposal if its passed by the council.

Seattle, San Francisco and the state of New York have already issued similar bans.

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