CALIFORNIA: Legislature’s Ban On Taxpayer-Funded Travel To States With Anti-LGBT Laws Goes Into Effect

From the Bay Area Reporter:

California has banned most taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT laws. In addition to the three Southern states that the state attorney general’s office had identified in November for inclusion on the list – Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee – Kansas was also named to the official list posted online January 1.

It is the result of Assembly Bill 1887, which was authored by gay Assemblyman Evan Low [photo], going into effect January 1. The AG’s office did not explain its reasons for including the quartet of states on the travel ban list on the main page of the website, instead, it included links to the anti-LGBT laws each state has passed at the end of a separate page titled Frequently Asked Questions about the new law.

Low’s legislation was in response to North Carolina lawmakers adopting in early 2016 House Bill 2, which restricts cities in the state from enacting local non-discrimination laws and requires transgender people to use public restrooms based on the gender they were assigned at birth. Newly sworn in Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has vowed to repeal the law, though an effort to rescind it just prior to Christmas failed.

Mississippi allows for its residents and businesses to discriminate based on their religious beliefs, while Tennessee adopted a law last year allowing therapists and other mental health professionals to deny seeing LGBT patients and others for religious reasons. Kansas last year adopted a law allowing campus-based religious groups to discriminate against LGBT students.

Hit the link for more.

RELATED: Low, now 32, became mayor of Campbell, California (population 40,000) in 2009 at the age of 26, making him the youngest openly gay Asian-American mayor in US history.

  • MaryOGrady

    Now watch the Texas Legislature, what Molly Ivins called “the national laboratory for bad government” shoot the state’s economy in the foot. (It convenes in four days.)

    • BobSF_94117

      What for a microcosm of what the GOP Congress will start doing on January 23rd.

      • Craig Howell

        They’ve already started.

        • BobSF_94117

          They’re laying the groundwork. The real shit won’t start until after the inauguration.

  • RobynWatts

    Thanks, California! Hope it becomes more and more trendy to LGBTIQ-friendly states and cities.

  • Butch

    Nice to read some good news for a change.

  • Mark

    Add Texas…..

  • DaddyRay

    With the new congress it may end up being a country wide law before you know it

  • SoCalGal20

    Waiting for Texas to get added to the list.

  • Blake Mason

    Evan is hot….oops… did I just type that? I mean… yay!.

    • NIFP

      I know, right? And that still of him just exudes “don’t f**k with me fellas …”, don’t you think?

    • James in Hollywood


    • Paul

      He sure is!

  • Jimmy R

    Add Kentucky to that list. The new all-rethug “legislature” convened a day or two ago, and they’ve already proposed an anti-abortion bill, a right to work bill, and of course a bathroom bill…the latter introduced by a DEMOCRAT!!! (Two bills, actually…one protecting toilets a la HB2, the other removing nondiscrimination ordinances in eight cities because religious freedom.) Considering how vital both basketball and conventions are to this area, guess the Guv can kiss his purported pro-biz dreams bye bye with this trifecta.

    • BobSF_94117

      A Dem introduced a bill to repeal local anti-discrimination ordinances?

      • NIFP

        There may be more informed people here that can elucidate that, but as a native Kentuckian, I can tell you that at least since the 70’s, there has often seemed to be little distinction between the 2 parties here. Want to run for a state legislature seat but can’t get your own party’s endorsement for whatever reason? Then run on the opposing ticket! The actual policies and viewpoints are often identical for each party representative here, at least in practice. Think of those “Blue Dog” Dems, or DINO’s. There are, of course, exceptions.

        • Nowhereman

          Kim Davis comes to mind. She was a registered democrat–probably because her parents and grand parents were. Folks like that are not at all curious about the world and their surroundings.

      • Jimmy R
        • BobSF_94117

          Thanks for the link. It doesn’t say either of the bills, odious as they are, would repeal local anti-discrimination ordinances. That was the bit that I was surprised a Dem would promote. The other stuff, yes, it’s KY. Sigh.

          • Jimmy R

            Yeah, the bill does say exactly that:

            “…the “religious freedom” bill would allow owners of businesses to discriminate by refusing service based on beliefs. “It would subvert fairness ordinances in the eight Kentucky cities where they exist.”

            (Fairness ordinances are what the local anti-discrimination ordinances are called. While subvert and repeal do have different meanings, it’s close enough to cause concern.)

          • BobSF_94117

            The NC law eliminated the local anti-discrimination ordinances entirely. Not the same as giving people a free pass.

          • Jimmy R

            How is it different, Bob? In real life, if you’ve been granted a legal right to discriminate against me cos I’m gay, which this bill proposes, and that ruling trumps any anti-discrimination law, then whether or not that anti-discrimination law still exists seems a moot point.

          • BobSF_94117

            Removing a law, removing ALL local anti-discrimination laws, is more egregious. I get your point that it can be as bad in certain circumstances but it’s not objectively as bad.

  • Silver Badger

    Fortunately, these are all places nobody wants to go anyway,.

    • cain

      lots of people want to go to nashville. tourism is huge here.

      • Silver Badger

        Enjoy. You can have my place.

  • JellyDonut

    no more tour of trailer parks down south

  • AdamTh

    They can add Arkansas to that list…

  • The Sentinel
    • NIFP

      So true! See my reply to Blake Mason below.

  • jmax

    Not only did Kansas allow faith-based campus organizations to discriminate and still receive public funding, but Brownback also rescinded protections for LGBT state employees which had been put in place by Gov. Sebelius.

  • BudClark

    Thank PASTAFARIUS that I live in BLUE California!!! Thank you, Governor Brown and the California Legislature!!!

    • JCF

      …and Assemblyman Low!

  • TuuxKabin

    So glad he’s not layin’ Low. Get up. Stand up. Stand Up For Your/Our Rights!

    • Robincho

      I wouldn’t mind layin’ me some Low, if you get my meaning here, and I think you do…

      • TuuxKabin

        Well, yeah. I was leaning that way waiting for a likewise angle from the likes of you. =;o)

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Mostly OT: #CalExit YesCalifornia has direct ties to Russia, check out the California National Party instead.

    • JCF

      Not interested in either. I want to Californicate the rest of the USA!

  • David Brian Holt

    My former mayor! 🙂