New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to interfere with North Carolina’s right to prohibit people from using bathrooms and other private areas that don’t match their biological sex.
Guomo signed an executive order recently to ban all official non-essential state travel to North Carolina because of the law.
â€œIn New York, we believe that all peopleâ€”regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientationâ€”deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law,â€ Cuomo said in a statement, citing the stateâ€™s history at the forefront L.G.B.T. rights. â€œFrom 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.â€ [emphasis mine]
Cuomo’s remarks could have been aÂ possible dig at the South’s slavery past (when it was Democrat dominated).
In aÂ Fox News interview,Â North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory shot back at Cuomo calling his move “demagoguery of the worst kind.” He said his state’s law is a “common sense” protection of the right to privacy and the state is not discriminatory against LGBT people. [emphasis mine]
The Cuomo order compels all New York agencies to review any planned trips to the state and cancel any â€œpublicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety,â€ according to a statement from his office.
The ban follows enactment last week of a law in North Carolina that prohibits people from using bathrooms that donâ€™t match their biological sex and bans municipalities from creating their own antidiscrimination policies.
According to The Hill, The law has been widely condemned by other politicians, media outlets, gay rights advocates and businesses around the country.
The mayor of San Francisco last weekÂ announcedÂ he is banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on public business.
The American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday it is filing a federal lawsuit, saying the law is discriminatory to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Cuomo liberalism, which includes his pro-choice stance, embrace of the LGBT agenda, and a widely unpopular gun law, has created enough discontent to fuel a push to separate the state into a conservative upstate section from the liberal downstate, each with its own governance, while retaining a nominal state government. Cuomo has infamously said that conservatives don’t belong in New Yorkâ€”as if the state were his private domain.
WATCH McCory’s rebuttal to Cuomo in this Fox News video: