Ranting that “We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country,” California State Attorney Rob Bonta is declaring diplomatic war on other states where he alleges homosexuals and transexuals are mistreated, and actually banning state-paid travel to those states, The New York Post reported.
“The State of California is not going to support it,” said the Democrat of the belligerent move, after adding Republican-run added Florida and four other states to a list of places where state-funded travel is banned over “discrimination” against people who call themselves.
On June 29, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia joined Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas on the no-go list, created in 2016.
“When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action,” Bonta said in a statement. “These new additions to the state-funded travel restrictions list are about exactly that … Rather than focusing on solving real issues, some politicians think it’s in their best interest to demonize trans youth and block life-saving care.
“Make no mistake,” Bonta added darkly, citing new laws in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and West Virginia that bar men who claim to be women from taking part in girls’ sports in school.
The California AG’s office also cited two other Arkansas laws. One allows medical providers to deny care to LGBTQ people if they have a “conscientious objection” to doing so, while the other prohibits gender-confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youths.
The latter law was OK’d by state legislators earlier this year, overriding the veto of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and takes effect in July.