Travel bans seem to be the in- thing in the U.S. After President Trump’s infamous ban that did not god won well with a large section of the populace, it is time for California to create confusions up in this direction. The state sparked off a row of sorts after it announced a travel ban on visits to states that have discriminatory policies against the community LGBT.
Going too far in the right direction
Well, the law makers did have the right idea, undoubtedly but they went a bit too far and it can always be a problem to do that, even if you are going in the right direction. The ban was imposed by the California Department of Justice and it encompasses a prohibition of travel that is sponsored by the state or funded by it to states that have anti LGBT laws. The move is seen by the lawmakers as simply a compliance with the existing code that California must act against LGBT discrimination in any form. Under this ban, travel to Mississippi, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee will be prohibited if state sponsorship or state funding is required for the visit. These are the states with some form of anti bi-sexual, lesbian, gay or transgender policies still in force.
Who does the ban apply on?
In effect, all the state agencies, authorities, departments and others have to follow this prohibition. Exemption is given to police, law makers and public health workers who can continue to travel to these states with state support. The law makers have included, in particular, the University of California and Californian State University representatives and clarified that the prohibition applies on them.
Trouble ahead for students
The prohibition will impact one segment in particular and that is, the students. Students will find it a challenge to attend sports meetings, conferences and other events in the four blacklisted states because University funds can no longer be used for those. The California State University has already stated that it will follow the prohibition to the letter and encourage its students to go to states that do NOT have such discriminatory policies. The students or organisers have the option of funding such visits on their own or looking for raising private funding for the events, though. Not all students have embraced the new policy with open arms and one of the views asking the rounds is that by preventing interaction with pro- LGBT state dwellers, California is only helping the other states further propagate their discriminatory viewpoint.