San Francisco mayor bans city employees from traveling to North Carolina

People protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Emery P. Dalesio)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and tech companies Google, Apple, and Facebook are among those speaking out against the North Carolina law that bars municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination ordinances.

The state law blocks local government measures to counter discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

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It essentially targets provisions allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their identity.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee banned virtually all publicly funded travel to North Carolina in protest of the new law.

In a statement, the mayor says, "We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina's new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals."

Apple operates a major data center in North Carolina. It issued a statement saying we need to focus on inclusion and prosperity, not discrimination and division.

Supervisor Scott Weiner added his voice to the chorus of condemnation. "It takes the entire LGBT community and turns us into second-class citizens by saying the law cannot protect you. You are outside the law," Weiner said.

Some tech workers believe it's important for high profile companies to speak out for equality but they also recognize North Carolina is not as progressive as California.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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