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California to ban state-funded travel to Okalahoma



California state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced Friday that it will ban state-funded travel to Oklahoma. This, the ninth travel ban enacted by California is due to a newly signed law that allows private agencies to deny placement of adopted children with same-sex couples. Oklahoma has now joined Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, South Dakota and Kansas in California’s anti-discrimination travel ban.

“California will not use state resources to support states that pass discriminatory laws,” Becerra said. “California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy.”

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra was referring to a California law that now prohibits state-funded travel to any state with laws that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. “California is a state of inclusion and has long stood up against discrimination in any form, within our borders and beyond,” said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), chair of the Legislature’s LGBT Caucus.

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