Dallas Rejects Resolution to Ban Travel, Business With North Carolina Over LGBT Laws

Fresh off its own fight with state legislators over a bathroom bill, the city of Dallas won't be a party to the shunning of North Carolina.By an 8-7 vote, the Dallas City Council rejected a resolution that would have banned taxpayer-funded trips to North Carolina and official dealings with the state's businesses. The resolution would have prevented official trips to Charlotte for the National League of Cities and could have threatened the city's relationship with its Charlotte-based banker, Bank of America.Earlier this year, North Carolina partially repealed its contentious law, which had required transgender people to use a bathroom that corresponded to their gender at birth. The law still prohibits cities from enacting LGBT protections until 2020.The partial repeal wasn't enough for some LGBT groups, nor for Dallas council members Philip Kingston, Adam Medrano, Mark Clayton and Omar Narvaez, who placed the resolution on Wednesday's agenda. They claimed North Carolina should be punished for "still discriminating against the transgender community."  Continue reading...

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