South Carolina currently allows foster care agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and other prospective parents.
In response to the homophobic law, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) announced a ban on all state-funded travel to South Carolina in response to the state’s anti-gay adoption laws.
“The State of South Carolina recently enacted a measure that sanctions discrimination against families in the placement of children in need of homes,” Becerra said in a statement. “The State of California strongly stands against any form of discrimination.”
Becerra said the ban will become effective April 15. He says the ban is in compliance with a 2016 California law that prohibits state-funded travel to states that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
South Carolina has become the tenth state on California’s travel ban list, along with Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.