The Golden State is symbolically showcasing its commitment to tolerance and inclusion… by cutting off state funds for travel (including for college athletic competitions) to states that the legislature deems insufficiently socially liberal. Governing magazine reports:California has banned state-funded travel to Kansas after determining that the Sunflower State is one of four in the nation with laws that it views as discriminatory toward gay people.The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the city is scheduled to host two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. […]Kansas is on the travel prohibition list because of a 2016 law that enabled college campus religious groups to require that members adhere to their religious beliefs and standards.Just to be clear about the infraction that landed Kansas on the list: Some universities have “all-comers” policies for student group membership, meaning that no student can be excluded from any campus organization on account of his or her beliefs. Technically, this means that Democratic students could join the College Republicans, that Zionist students could join Students for Justice in Palestine, and so forth. But the biggest controversy (which led to the Supreme Court decision Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez) often has to do with Christian student associations that seek to require that all members subscribe to a Biblical view sexual morality—that is, that sex should take place only between married men and women. The Kansas state legislature wanted to ensure that the university didn’t enact an “all-comers” policy that would force student religious groups to violate their beliefs, so it passed a law stating that these groups can create their own criteria for membership.In other words, this is not Jim Crow applied to the LGBT community. This is an eminently reasonable (if debatable) policy for how to balance religious freedom and gay rights. In fact, four out of nine Supreme Court justices ruled that such a policy is required at public universities to maintain freedom of association.
And thus does good will become an ever more precious commodity in post-America.