ATLANTA - The mayor of Atlanta said the 9,000 government employees cannot travel on city business to the state of North Carolina.
Mayor Kasim Reed said he is giving the instruction because government officials in North Carolina are, in Reed's view, "bashing" members of the LGBT community through legislation passed by that government.
The mayor said he has no idea how much travel, such as conferences or training, actually takes place every year. What Reed said is important is that the city take a stand to protest what North Carolina is doing.
He added that with a significant percentage of the Atlanta citizenry being either members of the alternative lifestyle, or in support of it, there is no way taxpayers here should send their dollars to North Carolina.
The mayor's travel ban is almost absolute. He said should public safety personnel need to go to the state for a critical issue, they would be able to go.