COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus City Council plans to enact a ban on unnecessary travel to North Carolina in protest of that state’s recently enacted law mandating which public restrooms transgender people are allowed to use.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1VuL23i ) that Councilman Shannon Hardin plans to introduce the ordinance at a council meeting Monday. Hardin, who is openly gay, says council has been considering the ban for more than a week after Dayton and Cincinnati enacted similar legislation. Cuyahoga County, the state’s largest county, has issued an executive order banning non-essential travel to North Carolina.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says he supports the travel ban.
Voters in Columbus approved a charter amendment in 2014 that says the city won’t discriminate or deny rights to people based on their sexual orientation.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com