9 cities and states impose travel bans over anti-gay laws

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At least nine cities and states have banned state travel to Mississippi or North Carolina over fresh legislation critics have slammed as discriminatory.

In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill on Tuesday allowing religious organizations and some businesses to refuse service to LGBT people, sparking a wave of city mayors and state governors nationwide to declare a halt on travel to Mississippi. The bans generally apply to state employees and forbid non-essential travel on the taxpayer's dime.

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9 cities and states impose travel bans over anti-gay laws
ASHEVILLE, NC - JUNE 21: A display inside Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina features books by authors who support the repeal of HB2 on June 21, 2016. Malaprop's has had authors cancel and a decline in sales due to North Carolina's HB2 legislation, commonly known as the bathroom bill, and the resulting boycott of the state by authors, athletes and tourists. (Photo by Jacob Biba for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - JUNE 21: A sign next to the men's bathroom inside Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina denounces North Carolina's HB2 legislation on June 21, 2016. Malaprop's has had authors cancel and a decline in sales due to North Carolina's HB2 legislation, commonly known as the bathroom bill, and the resulting boycott of the state by authors, athletes and tourists. (Photo by Jacob Biba for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - JUNE 21: A bulletin board inside Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina features upcoming author visits and events scheduled for the bookstore on June 21, 2016. Malaprop's has had authors cancel and a decline in sales due to North Carolina's HB2 legislation, commonly known as the bathroom bill, and the resulting boycott of the state by authors, athletes and tourists. (Photo by Jacob Biba for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 16 - Protestors gather across the street from the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 16, 2016. House Bill 2, also known as the Bathroom Bill, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate, has received the attention of national media and the White House. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 16 - Protestors gather across the street from the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 16, 2016. House Bill 2, also known as the Bathroom Bill, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate, has received the attention of national media and the White House. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
DURHAM, NC - MAY 10: The 'We Are Not This' slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
Elaine Martin, right, listens as Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Joaquin Carcano, center, the lead plaintiff in the case, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. Joaquin was born a woman and is now a man. Simone Bell with Lambda Law is at left; Chris Brook with the ACLU is at right. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
TO GO AFP STORY BY BRIGITTE DUSSEAU - Transgender delegates Jamie Shier (L) and Janice Covington pose for photographs at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012. The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that US President Barack Obama would move his acceptance speech from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena due to predictions of thunderstorms. AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages)
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One of those bans emerged from New York State, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning travel to Mississippi for "all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions," effective immediately. Explaining his decision, Cuomo on Tuesday said: "Discrimination is not a New York value."

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray imposed similar bans on Tuesday, with Murray stating: "Seattle will continue to speak out against injustice and stand with those fighting for equality." Vermont also announced a travel ban to the southern state, the Associated Press reported.

In Mississippi, Bryant signed the bill into law despite calls from the Mississippi Manufacturers Association for lawmakers to reconsider. The association said in a Monday statement it feared "that future economic development opportunities will be jeopardized" if the bill wasn't vetoed, and noted how other states dealing with similar legislation have attracted "negative attention."

Much of that negative attention in recent days has focused on North Carolina, where a new law has been widely criticized as being anti-LGBT: It requires that people only use restrooms that correspond with their biological sex rather than the gender they identify with. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill, called HB2, on March 24, prompting legislators in New York State, San Francisco, D.C., Seattle, Washington, Atlanta, Boston, Vermont and Minnesota to announce state travel bans to North Carolina.

As part of the backlash, PayPal also announced on Tuesday it was canceling its planned extension in Charlotte that would have provided 400 jobs. PayPal's president and CEO, Dan Schulman, said in a statement that the law "perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture."

Georgia recently rejected a bill that could have had similar repercussions. In late March, its governor decided to veto a bill that would allow religious groups to fire people who breach their "sincerely held" religious beliefs, amid a warning from the NFL that it would pull Atlanta's bid to host the Super Bowl if the state's laws did not reflect its inclusive policies.

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