ADVERTISEMENTCalifornia's Democrat-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.
California has extended its ban of state-sponsored and funded travel to states with laws it believes discriminates against LGBT+ people, adding four new states in addition to those it initially issued the restrictions upon. Jerry Brown's stance against President Donald Trump's decision to not join "global warming" alarmists at the Paris Climate Summit, its attorney general is moving the state even further Left by extending its pro-LGBT travel ban.
State measure AB 1887 first took effect as a new law on January 1, and it included the states of Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee in its original version.
"While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back", Becerra said in a statement.
Critics of the ban state that it will hurt students who may need to travel to the blacklisted states for academic and athletic purposes.More news: Tourists attacked, robbed in NOLA's French Quarter
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who is openly gay, is among those attending the annual gathering of the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Albert Robinson (R-London) will permit students to express their religious and political views in public schools without fear of retaliatory law suits and could open the door for student-run organizations in public colleges and schools to discriminate against students based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Becerra put Texas on the travel-ban list after the governor signed HB 3859 last week.
Following LGBT-discriminatory laws enacted June 25 2016, California responded by enacting legislation AB 1887 in September 2016, under former California Attorney General Kamela Harris. "Christian groups applauded the measure, while critics have said the law would leave room for discrimination against LGBT families".
"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", Wittman said. Professors whose public universities would no longer sponsor travel to Texas would be on the hook for travel charges, he said.