California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, has once again added to the state employee travel ban by saying that they can no longer visit the following states: Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. What is the reason for this travel ban that has been instituted by Becerra?
It has been reported that the states on this list have been found guilty of the most heinous of crimes, in Bacerra’s view, and that is that they don’t agree with his views.
That’s right, these states have the audacity to not agree with Bacerra!
California taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.
And who are they discriminating against? The LBGTQIA (Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Gay, Transgender, Questioning, Inter-species…oh, forget it, I cannot remember all the damned names!) Suffice it to say that Bacerra is pretty ticked off that some of these lower life forms in these other states are claiming that their faith stops them from accepting homosexuality (and other stuff). Yup.
California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.
Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.
It’s unclear what practical effect California’s travel ban will have. The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017. Travel to conferences or out-of-state trainings are examples of trips that could be blocked. Becerra’s office couldn’t provide information about how often state employees have visited the newly banned states.
Texas was added to the list because of a law that lets child welfare organizations deny services and adoptions to families because of “sincerely held religious beliefs” that Becerra’s office says would allow LGBT discrimination. Similar laws were enacted in Alabama and South Dakota. Kentucky’s new law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools, according to Becerra’s office.
Although the state lawmakers appear extremely concerned with the welfare of the gay community, it appears that they couldn’t really care less, however, about businesses, as it seems that California is hemorrhaging jobs, which is really good news for those collecting unemployment, I guess, since this will be that many less companies the recipients will have to canvass for part-time employment.
“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,” said John Wittman, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Also up in the air right now is the whole sports team question. What happens when one school’s sports team is slated to play another sports team in one of those “prejudicial” states?
Fresno State, a public California university, is scheduled to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. A request for a legal opinion on whether public university sports’ travel is exempt from the ban has been filed with Becerra’s office, but no ruling has been issued.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s press office did not have an immediate comment.
And then, of course, we have the whole question of reverse-prejudicial treatment. If the school is perhaps a Christian school and they are supposed to play a California sports team, but the ban that’s in place is preventing that, would it then be appropriate for the Christian school’s state to issue a reverse-travel ban against California for its discriminatory practice against the First Amendment or Freedom of Religion? Hmmm…
Well, we certainly know where Satan stands on this whole thing, don’t we?
Curiouser and curiouser.
Source: NY Times
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