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With America becoming more and more secular, religious liberty is taking a backseat to gay rights and nowhere is that more apparent than in San Francisco.
Mayor Ed Lee announced Friday he is barring city workers from traveling to North Carolina in response to that state enacting a law that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination regulations, according to Fox News.
The law was prompted by a wide-ranging ordinance passed in the city of Charlotte that would, in effect, allow any man to enter a woman’s restroom or locker room simply by identifying as a transgender. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, the former Republican mayor of Charlotte, signed the bill into law this week, saying it will “stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette.”
The LGBT community claims the law will result in discrimination, and Lee agrees.
“We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” he said in the statement.
“Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly funded city employee travel to the State of North Carolina that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety.”
Technology giants Apple, Google and Facebook joined with other big companies like American Airlines and IBM in also opposing the North Carolina law, the Associated Press reported. The NBA is considering relocating its 2017 All-Star Game which is scheduled to be played in Charlotte.
Lee’s announcement is the latest salvo fired in the wake of the Supreme Court decision last summer that declared same-sex marriage to be a civil right. Several state legislatures have responded to that ruling by passing religious liberty bills to protect faith-based entities from being forced to provide services that violate their beliefs, such as clergy being required to perform same-sex marriages.
Hollywood is rallying in support of gay rights after Georgia passed just such a law last week, which is awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal.
Disney and Marvel joined forces with AMC, which films “The Walking Dead” in Georgia, to oppose the religious liberty bill, with the Walt Disney Co. threatening to no longer film in Georgia if the bill is signed into law.
The NFL has also taken a stance in favor of gay rights, saying Atlanta’s position as one of the finalists for the next two Super Bowls could be affected if Deal signs the legislation.
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