Ohio county bans travel to North Carolina over LGBT concerns

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CLEVELAND (AP): Ohio’s most populous county is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to North Carolina after that state enacted a law prohibiting communities from passing ordinances to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said this week that the ban is in effect until North Carolina repeals or amends its law on bias ordinances. Budish’s statement says the county, which includes Cleveland, has adopted a plan that “ensures equal treatment” for the LGBT community.

The statement says corporations that have expressed opposition to the North Carolina law should consider taking their business to Cuyahoga County. Budish calls it a “more welcoming location.”

A number of cities and states have issued similar government travel bans in response to the North Carolina law.

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