Want a rematch with UCLA in Rupp Arena? Due to a California state travel ban, you may have to wait a while. Yesterday, California’s attorney general banned state-funded travel to Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, citing “discriminatory legislation” enacted in each state.
In Kentucky’s case, the bill in question is the “Charlie Brown law,” which prevents school officials from punishing students for wearing religious messages on their clothes and expressing religious or political beliefs in homework, artwork, and speeches. (The law is named so because a Kentucky school cut a Bible verse from their production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”) As with all of the laws singled out by the California attorney general, LGBT advocates argue the law would allow people (in this case, students) to discriminate against LGBT students under the guise of religion.
With Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, the California travel ban is now at eight. Earlier this year, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee were also placed off limits. As a result, California state agencies, universities, and commissions won’t be allowed to travel to those states, meaning that their sports teams can’t play their either. The law does allow current contracts to be honored, but it’s unclear whether or not California state teams will be allowed to play in the 2017 Final Four, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas. Kentucky’s home-and-home series with UCLA wrapped up with the Bruins’ trip to Rupp last December.
It must suck to be in charge of UCLA’s scheduling right now.