California announced Monday that its ban on state sponsored and funded travel includes five additional states due to recently enacted LGBTQ legislation.
State Attorney General Rob Bonta said state-funded trips to Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia would be banned effective July 1.
“States are part of a recent and dangerous wave of new discriminatory bills enacted in states across the country that directly aim to bar transgender youth from playing sports, block access to life-saving care or limit rights members of the LGBTQ community, ”Bonta’s office explained in a press release.
Republicans say the laws are aimed at preserving fair competition in women’s sports and preventing young people from undergoing medical intervention affecting their gender before they are old enough to understand the consequences.
The full list also includes Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas , bringing the total number of states to 17.
CALIFORNIA BANS STATE TRAVEL TO TEXAS, 3 OTHER STATES OVER ANTI-LGBT LAWS
Bonta said the United States was in the midst of an “unprecedented wave of fanaticism [and] discrimination “that California will not tolerate.
“Rather than focusing on solving real problems, some politicians believe it is in their best interests to demonize trans youth and block life-saving care,” he said in a statement. “Make no mistake: we are in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country – and the state of California is not going to support it.”
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The travel restrictions were implemented in accordance with the 1887 Assembly Bill, under which California is required to take action to avoid supporting or funding discrimination against members of the LBGTQ community.
As previously reported by Fox News, there are some exceptions to the rule, including travel required to enforce state law or honor contracts entered into before 2017.
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