How full of hypocrisy is the state of California?
In March, California became the seventh state to join the lawsuit challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra blustered, “The Trump administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect. It is still an attack on people — women and children, professors and business colleagues, seniors and civic leaders — based on their religion and national origin.”
So they’re against travel bans, eh?
Not quite. On Thursday, Becerra announced the state is extending its state-funded and state-sponsored travel ban to four more red states: Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas, which join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee in being targeted by AB 1887, which attacks states that it says have laws discriminating against the LGBTQ community.
AB 1887 became law on January 1; it states that California is “a leader in protecting civil rights and preventing discrimination” and should not support or finance “discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”
Becerra stated, “Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century.”
CNN whines: “Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas all recently passed legislation that could prevent LGBT parents from adopting or fostering children and Kentucky passed a religious freedom bill that would allow students to exclude LGBTQ classmates from campus groups. “
Hilariously, Rick Zbur with Equality California, celebrating the decision by California, stated, “These discriminatory laws in Texas, North Carolina, South Dakota, and other states are completely out of step with the values that make California the vibrant economic powerhouse that it is.”
Calling California a “vibrant economic powerhouse” in the same breath as denigrating Texas is utterly ludicrous.