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Miami Beach mayor wants to ban official travel to North Carolina, Mississippi over LGBT laws

State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on Sunday aboard the SAVE float at the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade.
State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on Sunday aboard the SAVE float at the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. srothaus@miamiherald.com

Following the passage of legislation that many say limits gay and transgender rights in North Carolina and Mississippi, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has proposed a ban on all official city travel to those states and a moratorium on the purchase of goods or services sourced there.

He will propose the resolution at Wednesday’s City Commission meeting.

North Carolina and Mississippi leaders should join the great progress we’ve seen on achieving full equality in our country rather than embrace policies of hate and intolerance.

Philip Levine, mayor of Miami Beach

“I firmly oppose the recent efforts that unjustly target the LGBT community in North Carolina and Mississippi and call on my colleagues to join me in sending a clear message on behalf of the city of Miami Beach that the days of bigotry must come to an end,” Levine said in a statement.

“If North Carolina and Mississippi want to go down a path of division, then our city will prohibit official city travel to those states and put in place a moratorium on the purchase of goods or services sourced in those states.

“North Carolina and Mississippi leaders should join the great progress we’ve seen on achieving full equality in our country rather than embrace policies of hate and intolerance.”

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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