Portland to introduce travel ban due to discriminatory laws

Portland, Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland, Maine, are going to officially introduce a plan to restrict travel to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.

Portland’s mayor and City Council back the resolution and will introduce it on Monday.

It recommends the city manager not spend public money on non-essential travel to any state with a law in effect that sanctions discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The city specifically mentions North Carolina and Mississippi in a statement about the proposal. Many cities and states around the country have passed similar bans.

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