NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The mayor of Washington D.C. issued an order banning city-funded travel to Tennessee after Governor Bill Haslam signed a controversial counseling bill into law.
Mayor Muriel Bowser cited the law as her reasoning. It allows counselors and therapists to decline service to clients based on sincerely held beliefs or principles.
Bowser’s order says the legislation “allows therapists to discriminate against persons seeking professional counseling, and could be particularly harmful for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.”
The mayor notes that the District of Columbia “should support values of inclusiveness and respect for all,” therefore banning all officers and employees from travelling to Tennessee on the city’s dime.
Mayor Bowser said the ban will remain until the bill is enjoined, repealed or amended.
In late April, Washington state’s Secretary of State said she’ll be skipping this summer’s National Association of Secretaries of State meeting over the law as well.