Some of the coolest people on earth are staying the hell away from North Carolina after that state approved a law that effectively legalizes discrimination.
Bruce Springsteen canceled a show there, as did Ringo Starr. The Boss and a Beatle don't want to come to your state, North Carolina. Not cool.
Locally, Gov. Mark Dayton banned all non-essential travel by state employees to North Cackalacky, saying its dreadful Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act "violates the values and the laws of our great state."
Oh, and Deutsche Bank and PayPal have both put a halt to their plans to open or expand business operations there, potentially losing the state 650 high-paying jobs.
How bad could the law be? Yeah, it's that bad.
It prohibits cities in North Carolina from passing their own anti-discrimination ordinances, and, weirdly, also stops them from passing a higher minimum wage law. (Maybe this will end all that unfair discrimination against bad pay?) The statute also blocks individual citizens from even bringing civil discrimination cases in North Carolina state courts.
And, turning against the rising tide of acceptance for transgender people, the law requires people to use public restrooms in accordance with the gender listed on his or her birth certificate. Meaning, if someone born male has transitioned to be female, and has all the physical characteristics of a woman, she would be forced to use a men's room.
This part sounds just great to conservative Minnesota legislators! Yesterday, a whole bunch of them — 35, to be exact — sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McRory, saying our governor's taking shots at North Carolina is "unfortunate," and that they stand with the anti-trans bigots of that state.
"[Dayton's] views do not represent our views, nor those of the vast majority of Minnesotans," the Republican lawmakers write. And later: "We hope to implement similar protections in Minnesota and recently introduced legislation to that end. We applaud your efforts to protect the privacy and safety of all, especially our children."
Yes, please keep the children safe from Bruce Springsteen and jobs in the banking and tech industry.
In the same letter, the Minnesota lawmakers say they'd like to someday "visit the 'First in Flight' state and encourage all Minnesotans to do the same."
Hmmm. Hey, governor Dayton, does that "non-essential" travel ban extend to one-way tickets?
Here are all 35 signatures on this bad letter about a terrible law.