California Bans State Travel to Texas Over Adoption Rule

The state's attorney general says California will no longer fund travel to Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky because of legislation in those jurisdictions that California considers politically unacceptable for the promotion of LBGT rights.

These four states have now joined Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and MS under the ban. "Discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back".

California's Democratic-dominated legislature passed a measure previous year barring state-funded travel to states that allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Becerra's office said such legislation allows LGBT discrimination. Lawmakers passed legislation a year ago banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The California legislation went into effect on January 1, 2017.

California's law gained attention after North Carolina enacted its so-called "bathroom bill," which prevented local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances and required that people using bathrooms in public buildings choose the restroom that corresponds to their gender at birth. Becerra's office couldn't offer details about how often state employees visit the states on the travel ban list.

Fresno State, a public California university, is scheduled to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall.

Friday morning, in a completely unrelated coincidence, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a report showing that, of all the people who relocated to Texas in 2015, the more came from California than any other state, with 65,546 transplants.

Becerra said pointed House Bill 24, which was signed into law in early May by Gov. Kay Ivey, as a reason for the ban.

Proponents of these laws warn of safety concerns should students be allowed to select bathrooms or locker rooms that match their gender identities.

"Texas is a big state", he said, but "the consequences are real" for LGBT people in Texas and elsewhere.

"I talk to people nearly every day who made the trek from California to Texas, and without fail, they tell me their move is due to either greater job opportunities, much lower-priced housing, an escape from a left-coast political climate, or just a better quality of culture and life", he said.

  • Leroy Wright