California has issued a politicized “travel ban” on at least eight states, announcing that the state will not cover employee travel to states accused of discriminating against LGBT people.
Jarrett Stepman of the Daily Signal joined Wednesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to share the biggest problems with this decision and to explain the irony of California’s outrage against fellow states instead of countries that actually do terrible things to LGBT people.
Announced in June, the ban affects California state employee travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas and North Carolina. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said these states have “discriminatory laws” that California could not tolerate.
One example of such a law is legislation in Texas protecting religious adoption agencies that turn away same-sex couples. Another law California officials view as discrimination is a measure in Tennessee shielding counselors and therapists from providing counsel conflicting with their sincerely held religious beliefs with the stipulation that the prospective client must be referred to another counselor or therapist.
Doc Thompson noted that the ban illustrates a growing, dangerous divide between Americans that is a huge problem: “We are not looking for common ground.”
Stepman described California’s new travel policy as “selective outrage” and “economic warfare.”
“I think it’s beyond egregious, and it is going to have some long-term impact,” he said. "I don’t think it possibly could be good for the country.”