California added Iowa to the list of states on its “travel ban” list because of the state’s new prohibition against funding gender-transition surgeries under Medicaid.

The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at a state-run university.

Becerra’s authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The blacklist already included Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The focus of all the bans has been related to so-called LGBT discrimination.

In Alabama’s case, it was the passage of a law allowing adoption agencies in the state to follow faith-based policies, including the option to not place children with gay couples.

“California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it,” Becerra said when announcing the Iowa ban.

Alabama was added to the travel ban list in 2017, a year after California’s law was enacted prohibiting state-funded travel to states that “void or repeal” protections against discrimination based on “sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” According to the California law, the travel ban will continue “while any such law that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression remains in effect.”

This development may make a very interesting topic of discussion ahead of the Iowa caucus for some of the Democratic candidates.

Citizens from non-listed states are clamoring to be banned.

Given the level of infectious disease, it might be prudent for states to prohibit their employees from coming to California.

The news has been greeted with joy by many Iowans.

If California politicians continue with this inanity, they may virtue-signal us out of statehood.


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