Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed an order prohibiting city workers from traveling to North Carolina over a recently approved anti-gay bill.

“As a result of Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign discriminatory and unnecessary legislation into law, effective today I am directing all City departments to stop non-essential, publicly-funded employee travel to the State of North Carolina,” Reed said in a statement.

“I extend my support to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who worked to enhance protections for the city’s LGBT population, as well as to the LGBT residents of North Carolina. Every person, regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexuality is a valued member of our community,” he added.

North Carolina's House Bill 2 prohibits any city, town or municipality from enacting measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and bars students attending public institutions from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender at birth. It effectively nullified an LGBT protections ordinance set to take effect last week in Charlotte.

Georgia lawmakers approved a similar bill, but Governor Nathan Deal vetoed it. Supporters have promised to return next year.

Reed joins DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio in implementing a ban on non-essential travel to the state. The Portland City Council also approved a similar ban.

Several states, including Oregon, Washington, Connecticut and Vermont, have either banned travel or condemned the bill's passage.