Executive Order bans state-funded travel to North Carolina

- FILE - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (WTNH / Mark Davis)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Malloy is once again inserting himself into national controversy over a law in another state. Even though he is up to his ears in red ink and about to layoff perhaps thousands of state employees, the Governor is dipping into the national controversy centering on a controversial new law in the state of North Carolina.

Signing an Executive Order Wednesday banning any state funded travel to North Carolina, saying the new law is discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Especially placing transgender citizens at risk. “People who are in the process of changing from one gender to another are very vulnerable and to tell a person what bathroom they have to use is a very dangerous position,” says the Governor.

In defending the law, Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says it only makes common sense to require people to use the restroom that corresponds with the sex identified on their birth certificate and not the gender they identify with.

The ACLU has filed the lawsuit against the law in North Carolina and the Connecticut chapter is applauding Malloy’s action. “We praise Gov. Malloy for again being a leader on LGBT issues speaking out and making clear that this is not the right thing to do,” said Atty. David McGuire of the ACLU of Connecticut.

Peter Wolfgang of the 5,000 member ‘Family Institute of Connecticut’ was one of the strongest opponents of Connecticut’s gender identity anti-discrimination law back in 2011 and says, “Down in North Carolina they have a Governor who has common sense. In Connecticut, we have a Governor who thinks it’s actually a threat to public safety to not allow men into women’s restrooms.”

Gov. Malloy is joining Governors from several other states in condemning this law along with several major corporations based in North Carolina. Similar laws have been vetoed by Republican Governors in Georgia and North Dakota. Last year, Gov. Malloy was among the Governors issuing travel bans to Indiana when a similar law was passed. Indiana’s Governor and legislature eventually repealed that law.

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