California bans travel to Okla. over new law on adoptions
Add Oklahoma to the list of states to which California is banning statefunded and state-sponsored travel.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that as a result of “discriminatory legislation” that became Oklahoma law last month, the western state will prohibit travel there.
A 2017 California law requires that its attorney general keep a list of states subject to a state travel ban because of “laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” Becerra’s office said in a statement.
“California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy,” he said.
Oklahoma becomes the ninth state subject to the state-funded ban. Travel to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas had previously been prohibited due to the 2017 law.
In May, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that allows private adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples from their adoption services on the basis of “religious or moral convictions or policies.” The bill sparked backlash from LGBTQ advocates.
Fallin, a Republican, defended the bill after signing it, saying “the state will not be in any way restricting current practice allowing LGBTQ individuals and couples fostering or adopting. It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma.”
Michael McNutt, a Fallin spokesman, said, “With our state’s economy being as strong as it is, we won’t miss a few Californians traveling on state business showing up in our state.”