Oklahoma added to the list for its ‘discriminatory’ child adoption law that allows agencies say ‘no’ to homosexual couples
By Ryan W. Miller | 2 June 2018
USA TODAY — Add Oklahoma to the list of states to which California is banning state-funded 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 to its midwestern counterpart.
A 2017 California law requires that its attorney general keeps 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 [such as Catholic services] 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. […]