Minnesota State Colleges Lift Ban on Travel to N.C.

May 6, 2016

The presidents of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system this week announced that they were banning nonessential travel to North Carolina to protest a state law there requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that were consistent with their legal gender at birth. But on Thursday, the presidents lifted their ban. "In light of the intervention from the U.S. Justice Department, the presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are confident that the deplorable discrimination embedded in North Carolina’s legislation is being addressed. Therefore, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have lifted their ban on travel to North Carolina," said a statement from the college system.

The statement is correct that the U.S. Justice Department has informed the state that its law violates several federal laws. The statement did not mention that some state leaders in North Carolina are vowing not to change the law, despite the intervention from the Justice Department.

The statement also did not reference the concerns that have been expressed in recent days that a travel ban would prevent two college teams from competing in upcoming events in North Carolina.

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