California AG Bans State Employee Travel to Texas Over ‘Discriminatory’ Bill Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Democratic attorney general of California, most known for filing criminal charges against the man who recorded undercover videos of his talks with Planned Parenthood officials, has now banned state employees from traveling to Texas in protest of a law protecting faith-based adoption agencies from punishment for operating in accordance with the tenets of their religion.

He also banned government travel to Alabama and South Dakota over his objections to similar adoption laws, as well as to Kentucky.

“I am announcing today that I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states,” Xavier Becerra said in a statement on Thursday.

“While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back,” he opined. “That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”

As previously reported, while the Texas legislation—signed last week by Gov. Greg Abbott—doesn’t mention specifics, some have construed the law to mean that Christian adoption agencies may choose married couples over unmarried, Christian couples over non-Christian and heterosexuals over homosexuals.

“A governmental entity or any person that contracts with this state or operates under governmental authority to refer or place children for child welfare services may not discriminate or take any adverse action against a child welfare services provider on the basis, wholly or partly, that the provider has declined or will decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services that conflict with, or under circumstances that conflict with, the provider ’s sincerely held religious beliefs,” House Bill 3859, also known as the “Freedom to Serve Children Act,” reads in part.

Bill author Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, denied that the bill was discriminatory against homosexuals.

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“This is really to give quick, clear certainty to providers so they can take care of children instead of fighting lawsuits,” he explained. “We want to make reasonable accommodations so everyone can participate in the system. Everyone is welcome, but you don’t have to think alike to participate.”

“My guess is if you have an LGBT agency they’re going to pick an LGBT family, and if you have a Baptist agency they may be more likely to pick a Baptist family,” he also noted. “They’re free to do that and should be free to do that.”

Becerra also cited Alabama’s H.B. 24, and South Dakota’s H.B. 149, in his statement, which he opposed out of his belief that they likewise could permit faith-based organizations to decline to place children in homes with two men or two women.

He additionally expressed objection to Kentucky’s S.B. 17, which declares that “[n]o recognized religious or political student organization is hindered or discriminated against in the … selection of leaders and members, defining of doctrines and principles, … or in its determination that only persons committed to its mission should conduct these activities.”

Becerra asserts that the law could permit public schools and universities “to discriminate against classmates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The attorney general issued his travel ban in light of a new California law that prohibits state-sponsored travel to states that have laws on the books deemed to be discriminatory against homosexuals.

California already prohibits state employees from traveling to North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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  • Ray Black

    will not stand. Is just political mouthwash.

    • RWH

      Actually, it will stand. People are free to go wherever they want. However, if a state worker wants to go to Texas for a professional meeting, the state is not going to pay for it. They have the right to make up their own rules and regulations, and they don’t want to pay for travel to a state that legalizes discrimination.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    funny how when christians want to boycott a company because of a public stand by that company ….. the pagan world laughs at it and at the same time cannot allow it and will state reason after reason as to why it is ineffective ……. many on that side want to boycott an entire state …… for the exact same reasons ……..

    • Michael D Coxie

      the AG is a straight up hypocrite. the NG needs to be used to forceably remove him from office.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes, a double standard. Always liberals.

    • Michael C

      when christians want to boycott a company […] the pagan world laughs […] and will state reason after reason as to why it is ineffective

      Boycotts can be very effective.

  • meamsane

    A very Irrelevant story! Other than California where the AG works, what other State should care what he says?

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Yet CA is in an uproar over Trump’s proposed travel ban. Hypocrites!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      I don’t see any hypocrisy.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    California should get independence; it’s so different from the rest of the USA. Children’s welfare is far more important than money. California’s decadence hurts children.

    • Sisyphus

      And the US would be well advised to give Texas back to Mexico… good riddance.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Texas belongs to USA. California belongs to Mexico, though California is detrimental to any nation. Christian population is the only reason that the state has been spared from God’s wrath. Genesis 19.

        • Sisyphus

          Try taking a history class please.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Many nations sold land to the Americans. Americans are wasting God’s blessing this century. The land belongs to God. Americans of yesteryears knew it. Today they don’t.

          • Sisyphus

            Sold land? Texas was taken via military operations from Mexico.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Do the Texans want to return to Mexico? It seems the liberals pick on Texas always. Why?

  • bowie1

    Sounds to me this Democratic attorney is doing some discriminating himself.

  • Adagio Cantabile

    So you can engage in discrimination by claiming that the people you don’t like are discriminating.

    How convenient. That means they can hate with a clear conscience.

  • 1PierreMontagne1

    “Goebbels would be proud – of the California Nazi crowd!”
    Seriously Xavier Becerra doesn’t need laws he issues Nazi orders.
    When you remove the history of Nazism from the California school system decades ago you have a dumbed down electorate that doesn’t get whats being done to them’

  • Lydia Church

    Well the AG is the one ‘discriminating’!
    We will live by our faith, and that means we will not comply with lgbtq…abc…xyz, and WE mean it! Yes, it is a sin. We refuse to comply, period. On my time off, I will travel to these states EVEN MORE, as a result, to make up for the boycott, so ha! I will live by my faith, even if it means my death. All those haters can kiss my heels!

  • MarcJ

    The state of Cali-Mexico (ot Mexi-Cali) under the governorship of Moonbeam Brown never disappoints.

  • Kenneth W Boyd

    As TEXANS , WE DON’T ” need ” anything california has . Especially it’s people !

  • Alvarado

    Is he gay?

  • Nonpc

    Good, we don’t need any more Californians coming to Texas for any reason!

  • I guess he believes that religion is subservient to the state; and is not an inalienable right.

  • CommonSense4America

    Thank you California. Please keep your crap way of living in California.