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Hassan Discourages State Travel To N.C., Calls State's LGBT Law 'Reprehensible'

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Gov. Maggie Hassan is discouraging all nonessential official state travel to North Carolina, after the state passed what she calls "reprehensible" legislation overturning anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and transgender people. 

“North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation is reprehensible. We must fully include all people in our democracy and in our economy in order to thrive. I discourage all nonessential official state travel to North Carolina and ask all who value inclusion and equality to reconsider their business with a state with such a hateful law," Hassan said in a statement Thursday.

Hassan, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate, joins other mayors and governors across the country who have taken similar steps in response to the North Carolina law, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.

"In New Hampshire, we understand the importance of inclusion to the cause of human dignity and freedom, as well as to our capacity to grow and thrive," Hassan said. "Tourists and businesses should know that New Hampshire is a welcoming place and we hope that they will choose it as a destination.”

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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