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For Immediate Release:
May 03, 2016
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Board of County Commissioners Condemns Discriminatory North Carolina and Mississippi Laws, Recruits Businesses Leaving those States

Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved by a 7-3 vote an anti-discrimination resolution presented by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. The item calls for county leadership to actively recruit organizations and businesses that have boycotted North Carolina and Mississippi due to their recently passed discriminatory laws against LGBT people. The resolution also directs the mayor to study the feasibility of a ban on official county travel to both states. County staff will also work with the Commissioner to determine what limitations to purchasing goods and services from those states can also be implemented. The administration has 90 days to complete the report.

“I am hopeful that we will showcase our county as a diverse and economically vibrant place to do business. Miami-Dade has a long history of opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava. “I believe this is a perfect opportunity to align our county’s values with businesses that are looking for a more inclusive home.”

Miami-Dade joins several other jurisdictions that have passed legislation against the laws in both states. In 2014, the County Commission voted to extend the rights laid out in the Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance to transgender people.

“One of my first votes as County Commissioner was to include transgender people under the protections of our local Human Rights Ordinance. I’m proud that our county prioritizes diversity and tolerance. I am committed to defending equality and fairness for all in our community,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.