South Dakota has made the travel ban list for San Francisco city employees following the passage of a bill that provides protections for religious or faith-based adoption agencies that deny child placement to unmarried or same-sex couples.
A spokesman for the San Francisco city administrator said employees will be barred from traveling on state or city-subsidized business to South Dakota or from contracting with South Dakota businesses as part of an ordinance blocking travel to states that approve legislation that discriminates against LGBT people.
The state of California is considering a similar move, which would prevent state-subsidized travel to the Mount Rushmore state by state employees, boards, commissions, university employees and others and could block new contracts with South Dakota businesses, a spokesperson for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office said Monday.
California lawmakers in 2015 approved legislation that said, "California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." They advanced a bill that blocks travel to states that pass legislation that removes or rolls back the rights of LGBT people following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision recognizing the rights of same-sex couples.