DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In a memorandum the City of Dayton has barred the use of city money to travel to North Carolina or Mississippi in response to recent laws passed in those states.
The City of Dayton confirmed the memo to 2 NEWS Friday.
The memo explains that Whaley consulted City Commission members and they agree the laws passed in those states, “are incompatible with City of Dayton ordinances and the values of the City of Dayton.”
The mayor writes, “Ensuring individuals are free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a compelling government interest and an important value of the City of Dayton.”
The memo was posted by Equality Ohio on their website, thanking the City for taking this action.
North Carolina passed a law in March that blocks cities in that state from allowing transgender individuals to use public restrooms for the sex they identify as and restricts cities from passing non-discrimination laws more broadly.That law was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on March 23 and goes into effect July 1.READ MORE: North Carolina passes anti-discrimination bill
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom. The law says people will not be punished for refusing to provide service based on religious opposition to same-sex marriage or transgender people.READ MORE: Mississippi gov. signs law allowing service denial to gays
Whaley writes in her memo these laws, “facilitate discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LBGTQ) individuals which is contrary to Ordinances in effect in the City of Dayton.”
Cuyahoga County has already banned travel to North Carolina. Montgomery County tells 2 NEWS they have no plans to put a ban in place.