Governor’s office responds to California’s Kentucky travel ban

Published: Jun. 23, 2017 at 1:49 PM EDT
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Governor Matt Bevin’s office has released a statement regarding the California Attorney General's travel ban to Kentucky.

The Governor’s office says California has only "made this decision because we don’t share the same political ideology. "

The Governor’s Press Secretary released the following statement:

"It is fascinating that the very same West Coast liberals who rail against the President’s executive order, that protects our nation from foreign terrorists, have now contrived their own travel ban aimed at punishing states who don’t fall in lockstep with their far-left political ideology."

The statement comes after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that Kentucky, Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas were added to its list of states subject to travel restrictions because of laws that could be considered discriminatory against member of the LGBTQ community. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.

A California statute that went into effect in January prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression or against same-sex couples or their families. Those travel restrictions apply to state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California and California State University.

Becerra says California taxpayers' money "will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate."

The state added Kentucky because of Senate Bill 17 which was passed during the legislative session earlier this year. Officials in California say the law could allow student-run organizations in colleges and K-12 schools in Kentucky to discriminate against classmates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.