- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mayor and City Council in Maine’s largest city say they will introduce a resolution to restrict travel to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says the resolution is an affirmation of the city’s commitment against discrimination.

Portland officials say the resolution 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.

City officials say the mayor and the entire City Council are behind the resolution. They will introduce it at a public meeting on April 25.

Several cities and states have passed similar bans.



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