Kick-starting the Pride Month on 01 June this year, the state of California announced that it would ban all state-sponsored and state-funded travel to the state of Oklahoma due to its discriminatory LGBT+ legislation that became law recently. The ban was announced by the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and will come into effect from 22June.
A 2017 California law requires that its Attorney General keeps a list of states subject to a state travel ban because of “law that authorise or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
In May, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, 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.” As expected, the bill met with a huge backlash from LGBTQ advocates.
Both states are defending their actions. While California maintains that it is taking a stand against bigotry and it supports those that will be harmed against this policy; Oklahoma states that the state is not banning the rights of same-sex couples to adopt or have foster children but adoption agencies are well within their rights to deny services to those they view as unfit based on their religious or moral convictions.
Oklahoma feels that more and more people are choosing their state over California to settle in and hence a few Californians on state business giving Oklahoma the miss is in no way going to dent their economy.
The LGBTQIA community however, welcomed California’s ban and felt it would go a long way in gradually bridging prejudices and biases all over the United States since Oklahoma is the ninth state to face such a ban by California. The eight states banned in 2017 are North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, Kansas and Kentucky.