California’s attorney general banned state-funded travel to Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota on Thursday in response to the legalization the four state passed that discriminate against the LGBT community.
Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra put Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky on a ban list for employees.
Lawmakers passed legislation last year prohibiting non-essential travel to the states against the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people.
The list had already included North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee before the other four states made their way to the travel ban list.
Money collected from California taxpayers “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate.” Becerra said.
The effect of the travel ban remains vague. The state law features exemptions for some trips, including trips arranged to uphold California law and to honour contracts concluded before 2017.
Trips to conferences or out-of-state training, on the other hand, would be banned. Becerra’s office couldn’t offer details about how often state employees visit the states on the travel ban list.
Surprisingly, Texas was the top of the banned states due to a law that prohibits child welfare organisations from letting such families adopt children because of “sincerely held religious beliefs” which is considered as clear-cut discrimination against LGBT community. Likewise, Alabama and South Dakota passed similar laws. Kentucky also passed a new law that would allow LGBT discrimination in schools, Becerra said.
“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,” said John Wittman, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Fresno State, a public California university, is expected to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall which led to a request to identify the issue with public university sports’ travel, but no ruling has been given.