The Assembly Bill 1887, signed into law in September 2016, went into effect and states that "California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people."
Currently, this prohibition clearly targets North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas, which have discriminatory laws against our community.
This ban strengthens the boycott already waged by many companies and artists against North Carolina and its HB2 law which prevents transgender people from using the bathrooms corresponding to their gender. The boycott would have already caused the loss of almost $400 million. A first attempt to repeal it failed in last December.
As for Mississippi, last April it approved a bill allowing businesses, individuals and religious organizations to refuse to serve LBGTQ people.
In the same month, Tennessee allowed licensed counselors not to care for LGBTQ people with mental health issues.
Finally, Kansas passed a law that allows student groups to discriminate LGBTQ people in public colleges and universities as a result of their religious beliefs.
With AB 1887, California sends a clear message to other American states.
"California has said clearly, our taxpayer dollars will not help fund bigotry and hatred," openly gay Assemblyman Evan Low, the co-author of AB 1887, explained in a press release. "If other states try and pass similar laws, we will work to stop them. Our zero-tolerance policy says there is no room for discrimination of any kind in California, and AB 1887 ensures that discrimination will not be tolerated beyond our borders."
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