California Travel Ban Includes Four More States Over LGBT Discriminatory Laws


"Alabama and South Dakota enacted similar [adoption] laws, while a law passed in Kentucky in March aimed at protecting religious expression in public schools", Gonzales added. Officials in California say the law could allow student-run organizations in colleges and K-12 schools in Kentucky to discriminate against classmates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Thursday that California would no longer sponsor travel to Texas because of House Bill 3859, which would let child welfare service providers reject prospective foster and adoptive parents for religious reasons.

Texas, North Dakota and Alabama were also included in the sanctions, citing the recent passage of laws that restrict adoption of children by LGBTQ couples.

California's AB 1887, signed into law in September 2016 following North Carolina's passage of the controversial "bathroom bill".

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California lawmakers passed a measure previous year that prohibits non-essential travel to states that enforce laws that are deemed to be discriminatory against the LGBT community.

"While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back", Becerra said in a statement.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is trying to keep Louisville off the banned list for state travel from California.

The ruling does not prevent anyone from personally financing the travel to states covered by the travel ban. "Christian groups applauded the measure, while critics have said the law would leave room for discrimination against LGBT families".

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Mayor Fischer is now urging Becerra to reconsider exempting Louisville from the ban, pointing out that the Derby City has had a flawless score from the Human Rights Committee for two consecutive years, and is inclusive and open to all.

It's unclear how the travel restrictions will play out or if they'll indeed cause states to question legislation that may bring reactions by other states.

Miller said the travel ban is not a surprise.

"California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can't stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas", Wittman asserted, according to Fox News.

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