California bans state workers from traveling to Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Capitol. Official photo.

A Friday announcement from California state attorney general Xavier Becerra revealed that California’s ban on state-funded travel now includes new restrictions on public employees attending work-related events in Oklahoma, reports the Tulsa World.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the state has since 2017 forbidden state employees from traveling to states that California leaders perceive to be discriminatory against gay and transgender people.

A news release by Becerra said restrictions against Oklahoma were made after it adopted a law that could allow adoption services agencies to refuse to work with gay and transgender people.

"California will not use state resources to support states that pass discriminatory laws. The law enacted in Oklahoma allows discrimination against LGBTQ children and aspiring LGBTQ parents who must navigate the adoption process. California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy," according to the news release.

A California law doesn’t allow California State University and University of California systems from sending staff members and students to states on the banned list.

Copyright The Gayly. June 1, 2018. 3:45 p.m. CST.