Being the 46th out of 50 to achieve statehood, relatively speaking Oklahoma is the new kid on the block. While it isn’t uncommon for the newbies to have to struggle to make new friends and prove themselves, it seems like even more than a century after statehood Oklahoma has yet to shed its outsider image. In fact, California is doing everything in its power to remind Oklahoma that they are too back-assward to be accepted.
Via USA Today…
Add Oklahoma to the list of states to which California is banning state-funded and state-sponsored travel.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that as a result of “discriminatory legislation” that became Oklahoma law last month, the western state will prohibit travel to its midwestern counterpart.
A 2017 California law requires that its attorney general keeps a list of states subject to a state travel ban because of “laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” Becerra’s office said in a statement.
“California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy.” he said.
Like Regina George to Janis Ian in Mean Girls, California has a long history of excluding Oklahoma. Whether it be shunning the Joad family and other “okies” for migrating to the state to make ends meet in The Grapes of Wrath or because Oklahoma is too homophobic to wear pink on Wednesdays, California has always found a way to tell Oklahoma that it doesn’t belong at the cool kids’ table.
In May, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that allows private adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples from their adoption services on the basis of “religious or moral convictions or policies.” The bill sparked backlash from LGBTQ advocates…
Michael McNutt, a spokesperson for Fallin, also defended the bill after California announced its ban.
“There appears to be more and more Californians sharing our values as we are seeing more Californians move to Oklahoma,” he said in a statement to USA TODAY. “With our state’s economy being as strong as it is, we won’t miss a few Californians traveling on state business showing up in our state.”
Well, maybe it’s not all California’s fault that Oklahoma is being left out. Like mom always said, you have to be a friend to have a friend. She also always said Jesus drank wine daily so she could too, but that’s another article. The point is, Oklahoma is being a jerk and probably needs to prove it can be friendly before it will be accepted and respected. Because right now Oklahoma is kind of acting like the lonely kid in school who decides to up his weirdness by wearing a trench coat and Slipknot wristbands to 10th grade American History so he can blame his isolation on his “individuality” instead of his tendency to try to sound smart by quoting Jordan Peterson and his uncle’s rightwing blog posts.
LGBTQ advocates in California applauded the ban, which goes into effect June 22.
“Every child deserves a loving, supportive family, and it’s neither pro-child, nor pro-family, for Oklahoma to deny them one,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a statement.
Oklahoma still has a couple of weeks to get its act together before it is officially added to California’s burn book. But until it starts treating people fairly, Oklahoma better get used to being left out.
Hayley was probably the weird kid in high school. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek