California bans state-funded travel to nearly half of the country

July 19, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom


In response to a wave of “anti-LGBTQ+ legislation” across the country, California now bans state-funded travel to 22 U.S. states, including the one in which Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vacationed. [New York Times]

California’s ban on state-funded travel emerged following the 2016 adoption of a North Carolina law that restricted access to single-gender bathrooms to only people of the corresponding sex, as determined by one’s birth certificate. The California Legislature responded to the North Carolina law with the adoption of AB 1887.

AB 1887 prohibits California state agencies from authorizing state-funded travel to states that have enacted legislation enabling discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. California adopted AB 1887 in order to “avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

When enacted, AB 1887 applied to four states. Six years later, the ban has widened considerably, and the list of states to which California employees cannot travel on the state’s dime has grown to 22.

Recently, pushback against the law has grown, particularly following Gov. Newsom’s vacation in Montana earlier this month. Montana is on California’s travel ban list.

Newsom’s office says the governor’s travel to Montana was not paid for by the state, and that his state-funded security detail does not violate AB 1887. Critics accused Newsom of hypocrisy for railing against Republican-led states’ conservative policies and then vacationing in one of the states on the travel ban list.

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Why should we be paying for these people to ever leave the state to any other state?

This should not surprise anyone.

I’m in full support of this travel ban. It’s a stand against LGBTQ discrimination.

Discrimination is against the law, regardless of gender and bedroom proclivities, in all 50 states. The travel ban is ridiculous virtue signaling.

Virtue signaling? Really? Here we go with the right wing insult terminology. Why not throw in “woke” or “let’s go Brandon.”

Virtue is a good thing. We should all try to have more of it.

Florian75, cleo, Please address the Policies, events and arguments, not the person.

The comment reply you did not see, went too far.

We are not here to provide a place for people to anonymously insult each other every time a hot button article gets published.

“Please address the Policies, events and arguments, not the person.” is on every page for a reason.

Yes, virtue is a good thing. However, the pretense of virtue for political purposes is not. Our Governor acts like a cheesy salesman. He is an embarrassment…