Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a ban on Friday of state-funded travel to Oklahoma over a policy that grants private adoption and foster agencies the ability to withhold placing children in same-sex households based on religious and moral beliefs.
NBC reported that Oklahoma's Catholic bishops and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma support the policy Bacerra called "prejudiced" and bigoted. In a statement, Becerra said of the measure: “California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy.”
Becerra's aim at the state is grounded in a 2017 California law that prohibits all state-sponsored travel to states that "authorize or require discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”
The ban is set to take effect June 22. According to the Daily Bruin, UCLA will join California in banning travel to Oklahoma and eight other states that allow adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples based on religious grounds. The states on the list include Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tenessee, and Texas.
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