OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order Thursday banning state-funded travel to the state of California.
A press release from the Governor's office says the order is in response to what Stitt calls California's efforts to "politically threaten and intimidate Oklajomans for their personal values." Oklahoma was added to California's travel ban in 2018 after passing a law that allows adoption agencies to deny same-sex parents.
The release also referenced the City of San Francisco banning city-paid travel to the state of Oklahoma due to restrictive abortion laws.
"If California’s elected officials don’t want public employees traveling to Oklahoma, I am eager to return the gesture on behalf of Oklahoma’s pro-life stance. I am proud to be Governor of a state that fights for the most vulnerable among us, the unborn,” said Gov. Stitt.
Executive order 2020-02 bans all non-essential travel to California for all state employees exempting the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in order to continue recruitment efforts to bring more job creators to Oklahoma.