California always manages to attract everyone’s attention, and this time it issued a huge order to stop state funded trips to four US states. We can’t imagine the impact of this travel ban, but we know that California should have played a better game. The order came from the California Attorney General, and this sure gave everyone a good reason to start thinking about policies designed in California.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra banned state-funded travels to Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky. State employees can’t go there on the expense of state’s budget. The legislation was passed last year, and applies to “non-essential” trips to states that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
According to the Attorney General, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee are the next to go. Becerra revealed that the state won’t tolerate the use of tax dollars for travels to states in which gay people are discriminated.
Many experts discussed over the effect of this travel ban. Of course, the order excludes ‘special travels’ based on enforcing California law and any contracts made before 2017. Becerra’s spokesperson didn’t reveal more information about the number of times California state employees travelled to the banned states.
Texas earned its place on the list because of its law according to which child welfare organizations are allowed to deny services and adoptions to couples because of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Becerra believes that this is nothing but a pure LGBT discrimination. Alabama and South Dakota have similar laws. When it comes to Kentucky, the state’s new law allows LGBT discrimination in schools. Well, that’s how Becerra views the new law brought in Kentucky.
“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,” explained John Wittman, the spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Fresno State, the public university in California is supposed to play football with the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. We still don’t know whether sports’ travels are included in Becerra’s ban.
What do you think about this? How will Americans accept this travel ban?
(h/t Fox News)