Connecticut governor bars state travel to North Carolina

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is banning state-funded travel to North Carolina in response to a new law there that he and other critics have called discriminatory to members of the LGBT community.

The Democrat signed an executive order Thursday requiring state agencies, the Board of Regents and the University of Connecticut to review and deny requests for travel to North Carolina. The order comes a day after Malloy sent a letter to North Carolina businesses, urging them to move to Connecticut because it’s “welcoming and inclusive.”

Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law March 23 preventing local governments from protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations.

Malloy signed a similar order last year temporarily barring travel to Indiana.

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