CALIFORNIA: Government Restricts Publicly Funded Travel To Four More States Over New Anti-LGBT Laws

The Sacramento Bee reports:

California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.

The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.

California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California. “We will not spend taxpayer dollars in states that discriminate,” Becerra said.

More from the San Jose Mercury News:

Three of the four new states recently moved to protect faith-based adoption or foster agencies who refuse to place children with certain families, such as same-sex couples. Another protects religious expression in schools, including provisions on student organizations that LGBT advocates argue could allow clubs to shun prospective members based on their gender identity.

Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, leads the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and wrote Assembly Bill 1887, which created the ban. He applauded Becerra’s decision. “AB 1887 was enacted to ensure our taxpayer dollars do not fund bigotry or hatred,” he said. “Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s action today sends a strong message that discrimination beyond our borders will not be tolerated.”

  • Do Something Nice

    Hit them in the wallet. Good job, California!

  • “Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century,” Becerra said in a statement. “Discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back.

    That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”

  • Pat

    Good for California. Right thing to do. Grab ’em by the $$$.

    • Todd20036

      That’s the only thing that matters to them

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  • OCW

    You know a lot of folks in those states will see this as a badge of honor. “We don’t want no damn liberal leftcoasters here anyway.”

    • Todd20036

      True, but money talks.

      • cleos_mom

        Badges of honor tend to get a bit tarnished and discolored when the cash runs out.

  • tbj5

    Putin directly ordered the attack on our election, an act of war by any rational stretch.

    The specific orders were to harm Hillary AND elect Trump.

  • Jonathan Smith
    i am NOT going to let JMG ruin my day. fuck the repulicthugs.
    i’m doing pet’s

  • RobynWatts

    Not a bad start, but let’s go further on this and cut off California’s share of federal funding (as well as every single other state that pays more into the Feds) to theses “taker” states. And I say this as a resident of North Carolina.

    • Ninja0980

      I agree.
      States don’t like the federal government, then you don’t need our money, services etc. either.

    • NIFP

      And I agree with you as a resident of Kentucky. (And FSM knows we need every tax $ we can get, but only if it’s going to be spent humanely and responsibly (KY has big problems with both.))

      I was born here, and left as soon as I could. Aging and/or ill relatives forced me back from the west coast (though I didn’t care for the cost of living, in so many ways it was worth the price), but my longtime companion and I don’t plan to stay longer than we must.

  • Gigi

    Many of my Canadian friends are avoiding travel to the U.S. entirely. A few had vacations booked and cancelled them. I don’t blame them because Florida. Staying home doesn’t mean we can avoid Trumpanzee-like behaviour. We’re seeing Trumpitude here now. We’ve got idots who are no longer fearful of letting their inner bigot out. Just the other day a woman in an emergency room was filmed flipping out because there wasn’t a “white doctor who can speak English” to examine her son. For real.

    • Reality.Bites

      She was filmed by someone holding their phone vertically… doesn’t count.

    • cleos_mom

      Keep it up Most people in this country carry their brains in their smart phones and their morals and ideals in their wallets.

      • Hryflex

        I am SO going to steal that.

      • NIFP

        Although a frightening number of them seem to carry both in their guns.

        NOT trying to start an anti-gun thing with that comment, btw. Just an observation.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Will they grant asylum to gays living in those states ?

  • OdieDenCO

    I’m waiting for the blue states to start issuing travel advisories for the red states.

  • Dagoril

    I love my state 🙂 Go California!

    • Joe in PA

      OK, now you’re just showing off. 🙂

    • swimboy

      I was born in SoCal, and every time I read an article like this I get one step closer to pulling up roots in Michigan and moving back.

      • JCF

        I loved living in Michigan, but haven’t regretted a day when I moved home to NorCal in 2010.

      • Dagoril

        Please do. California loves its sexy bears, we’d appreciate you more here 😉

    • ted-

      Me too!

  • Hunter M

    This may not be a big thing, but I do appreciate that California is trying to do the right thing here. The little stuff does add up.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This is nice symbolism, but I don’t know what practical effect it would have. What reason would a California state employee ever have for going to South Dakota or Kentucky anyways, except maybe to attend a conference?

    • Reality.Bites

      Which makes it less likely that conference will be held there

    • jmax

      I was wondering if it would affect college athletics. I notice San Jose State, which I assume receives California tax dollars, is playing the University of Texas in Austin on Sept 9th.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I doubt it. Ohio has had a ban on all state employees going to out-of-state conferences for a long time. Nothing to do with politics, it’s just a stupid law that’s supposed to be a cost-saving measure. Individual state employees can get around that when they have to, sometimes by paying for their own gas and hotel. But it hasn’t stopped the OSU Buckeyes or other teams from playing anywhere.

    • FloBear

      Conferences are huge business, and an annual ritual for many government employees. Mayors, County Executives, Planners, Engineers, and many others all have annual conferences. Travel required for IT employees, payroll employees, teachers, medical professionals employed by the state…the list goes on. And without attendees from California, your conference will be a flop, so who would book it in one of those states? I think this is major.

  • Reality.Bites

    I sometimes wonder if state employees in Cali lobbied those states to enact the laws so they wouldn’t have to ever go there

    • JCF

      Probably only LGBT State employees (of which there are many!)

  • cleos_mom

    Someone the Mercury News is what used to be called a “person of faith” (early 1990s) but is now a “faith-based” humanoid. If you choose your words right you don’t need fake news schtick.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      It’s all how you write it up.

  • Chaz Antonelli

    NEW YORK: Are you listening?!? Mario Cuomo — get on the ball.

  • Tomcat

    And for safety sake, add Florida to the list.

  • Tomcat

    And for safety sake, add Florida to the list.

  • Tomcat

    And for safety sake, add Florida to the list.

  • Hank
  • TampaZeke

    Yeah, that sounds just as awesome as can be on paper but it doesn’t mean SHIT if they don’t actually put it fully into practice. They sent the USC Basketball team (a State University) to the NCAA tournament in TENNESSEE earlier this year and then made all kinds of excuses as to why that wasn’t a violation of their boycott.

    • Tiger Quinn

      I think we need to focus on the government travel part, not the fucking-over-a-bunch-of-college-kids part.

      • stevenj

        The University of Calif and Calif State Universities are also included in the travel ban.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      USC is a private school.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    When a majority of our taxes go to the federal government to subsidize white welfare queens in Tennessee, all I have to say is:

  • Hopefully corporations will follow, especially in relocating jobs out of the state. Until it hurts them in their wallets, they don’t give a fuck. Most Texans will be happy that Californians aren’t visiting, at least that’s what they’ll say.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Between states like California refusing to use state money for travel and the global pushback against traveling to the U.S. because of 45, it’s not looking good for some states. Sadly, the entire damage done by the Trump Slump won’t truly be known until the fall numbers come out. I suspect it won’t be pretty.

  • JohnMyroro

    Going to Texas for anything is punishment all by itself.

  • Mike Knife

    Psychiatrist say they no longer treat LGBTQ people like they are mentally ill. That is a lie, stop them before they kill another LGBTQ person.

  • JCF