Gov. Kay Ivey says she is disappointed with California’s decision to add Alabama to its state-funded travel ban list.
Alabama was among four states added to the list last week by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, bringing the total number to eight.
California bans state-funded or sponsored travel to any other state that has enacted a law that voids protections against, creates exemptions to or authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Alabama was added to the list after Ivey in May signed a new adoption law that prohibits the state from discriminating against private agencies that don’t receive federal funds and decline to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs.
The law attracted backlash; many say it is discriminatory against gay couples, who could be prevented from adopting based on the agency’s religious beliefs.
“As dysfunctional as Washington is right now, we need our states to get along with one another,” Ivey said on Tuesday during a press conference before a job fair in Gadsden. “I’m disappointed that the attorney general of California chose to be critical of laws that Alabama has passed for religious freedoms.
“We in Alabama pass laws that affect our people and are good for us,” adding that “California does the same thing, so we will leave it at that.”
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