April 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Montgomery County Council seeks travel ban to N.C., Miss.

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The Montgomery County Council on April 26, 2016, unanimously approved a resolution that calls for a ban on official travel to Mississippi and North Carolina. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Members of the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that calls for a ban on official travel to jurisdictions with anti-LGBT laws.

“As a place that stands for equality and respect, Montgomery County should not support jurisdictions that have enacted laws that perpetuate hate, fear, and bigotry,” reads the resolution.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory last month signed House Bill 2, which prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity and bans municipalities from enacting LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on April 5 signed House Bill 1523, a sweeping religious freedom bill that critics contend allows discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Both laws have sparked widespread outrage among LGBT rights advocates and their supporters across the country.

The Montgomery County Council resolution “condemns the discriminatory laws passed in” North Carolina and Mississippi. It also “supports the residents” of the two states “who are seeking to repeal these discriminatory laws.”

New York is among the states that have banned official travel to North Carolina and Mississippi over HB and HB 1523. The British Foreign Office issued an advisory last week that warns travelers about the laws.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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