COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus City Council plans to enact a ban on unnecessary travel to North Carolina in protest of that state's recently enacted law mandating which public restrooms transgender people are allowed to use.


The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that Councilman Shannon Hardin plans to introduce the ordinance at a council meeting Monday. Hardin, who is openly gay, says council has been considering the ban for more than a week after Dayton and Cincinnati enacted similar legislation. Cuyahoga County, the state's largest county, has issued an executive order banning non-essential travel to North Carolina.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says he supports the travel ban.

Voters in Columbus approved a charter amendment in 2014 that says the city won't discriminate or deny rights to people based on their sexual orientation.