The subject of LGBTQ rights in America has been in the spotlight following the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage on the federal level last year. In response, some states have passed laws that have been very controversial; on one side is the feeling that religious freedoms that don’t agree with such sexual orientations should be respected. On the other side is a strong opposition to laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and their basic rights.
When these laws have passed or even been proposed, there has been significant retaliation. In Georgia, laws along these lines were set to pass, but organizations ranging from the NFL to Disney threatened to remove all business from the state. In response, Georgia did not pass the laws.
In the latest example, North Carolina passed a law that many consider to be discriminatory, which does not allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they associate with. In response, Governor Cuomo of New York has banned all non-essential business travel of state government officials.
Cuomo explained, “In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law. From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past. As long as there is a law in North Carolina that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT people, I am barring non-essential state travel to that state.”