Press Release: Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Legislation to Ban Public Spending in States with LGBT Hate Laws
Ordinance will target not just travel for official city business, but will also ban contracting with and purchasing from companies in states that legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community
San Francisco — Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to prohibit City spending — travel, purchasing, and contracting — in states that have passed LGBT hate laws. The legislation was drafted in response to recent discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi that target the LGBT community. The legislation will statutorily ban city-sponsored travel to states with LGBT hate laws, codifying Mayor Edwin Lee’s executive order, and will further make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to ban city-funded contracting with companies that are headquartered in these states, as well as purchase of goods and services produced in these states.
“San Francisco needs to stand up and be very clear that we won’t do business in states that discriminate against the LGBT community,” said Supervisor Wiener. “By banning the use of taxpayer dollars in these states, we can set an example for other jurisdictions and build momentum to put an end to this nonsense. Our LGBT community does not deserve to be attacked like this. Enough is enough.”
Supervisor Wiener is collaborating on this legislation with Mayor Lee, who recently took the lead in creating Mayors Against Discrimination, a coalition of mayors formed to fight laws that discriminate against LGBT people.
“San Francisco is a leader in advancing and protecting equal rights for all and preventing discrimination of any kind against our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “I applaud Supervisor Wiener’s leadership and I look forward to working together to make sure we do everything in our power to prevent and roll back these discriminatory laws.”
Mayor Lee will share this ordinance with the other members of Mayors Against Discrimination, including founding members Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and others.
The ordinance sets forth limited criteria for City Departments to appeal the ban, including for public health and emergency crises, if there is only a single source that provides the service required, or for other issues that may be detrimental to the public interest. The ordinance also requires the City Administrator to create and maintain a covered state list that will be reviewed and updated biannually.
“I strongly support the goals of this legislation, and will do everything in my power to assist in its full implementation,” said José Cisneros, Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. “Banking and investment firms seeking to do business with the City of San Francisco should be on notice that we do not tolerate discrimination.”
Recent discriminatory laws that have been passed include North Carolina’s law which bans cities from passing statutes to protect LGBT people and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate. Mississippi also passed a law that allows businesses to deny services or goods to gay and transgender people. The San Francisco Chronicle recently did an analysis of states with anti-LGBT laws, as well as those considering similar laws. You can see the map here.