Cincinnati city leaders want to ban travel to NC over LGBT law

Cincinnati city leaders want to ban travel to NC over LGBT law

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Several members of Cincinnati City Council want to ban city-funded travel to the state of North Carolina.

The proposal comes in response to the state's House Bill 2 – a law that limits LGBT protections in North Carolina and requires transgender people to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

Councilman Chris Seelbach introduced the motion and has the support of at least six fellow councilmembers. The motion would ban all non-essential city-funded or city-sponsored travel to North Carolina.

Councilmembers also want to lure North Carolina businesses that oppose the legislation to relocate in Cincinnati.

On Tuesday, PayPal announced it would not be opening one of its global centers to Charlotte. The decision reportedly cost the state 400 new jobs.

"We're going to make sure that we compete for companies that are interested in moving from North Carolina or taking their businesses elsewhere because of this rather backward legislation," said Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann.

Mann has suggested council's motion be amended to include the state of Mississippi after the state passed the "Religious Freedom" law Tuesday.

City Council will discuss the issue Wednesday.

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