PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution temporarily banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on business due to the state’s new non-discrimination law.

The resolution prevents employees from traveling to North Carolina until the new law is overturned.

“Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly have to understand that such blatant discrimination against their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people cannot stand. Our nation is made stronger when all Americans are treated equitably,” Mayor Hales said in a news release.

"The purpose of this resolution is to declare support for the citizens of North Carolina and those throughout the country who are condemning the 'Public Facilities Privacy and Securities Act,'" the resolution states.

The North Carolina nondiscrimination law, signed last week, excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It also bars local governments from passing their own nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. One immediate effect of the law is that transgender people must use the bathroom corresponding with their biological sex.

Multnomah County requires gender-neutral bathrooms in renovated or constructed county-owned buildings.

Governor Brown responds

Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a statement Wednesday in response to the law:

"As Governor, I am appalled that North Carolina enacted a law that promotes hate and discrimination. We are living in divisive times and it should be our practice as government, as policymakers, and as community members to celebrate people’s diversity, not shun it.

"In Oregon, this is not how we do business. I seek policies that bring people together, and build bridges, not walls. I would oppose anything like this happening in Oregon, and our voters have shown that they do not support similar discriminatory policies. I’m working to cultivate a culture of inclusion and building an Oregon where each person can thrive.

"I ask that Oregonians join me in voicing their concerns about such attacks on people’s personal freedoms in North Carolina or anywhere."

Other states react

Vermont has already banned travel for public employees and New York has banned non-essential travel for its public workers.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have also banned city employee travel.