San Francisco decided in March to stop spending tax dollars on city employee travel to South Dakota in response to our anti-LGBT discriminatory adoption law (Senate Bill 149, which goes into effect next Saturday).
Now California follows suit, adding South Dakota, Alabama, Kentucky, and Texas to a list of anti-equality states to which state-funded and state-sponsored travel is now illegal:
“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. I am announcing today that I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states,” said Attorney General Becerra. “While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, 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” [California Office of the Attorney General, press release, 2017.06.22].
We join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee on California’s no-visit list.
The travel ban includes California’s public universities, which means that UC Irvine—or at least the coaches who are state employees—will not be able to return to Sioux Falls to play basketball this year. If any California teams scheduled games in South Dakota or other ban states before California’s anti-discrimination law was enacted on January 1, 2017, those teams may still travel and play, but scheduling future meetings now is out.