U.S Supreme Court Dismisses Case Over California LGBT-Rights Law

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday April 27, 2021

LGBT supporters wave their flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington.
LGBT supporters wave their flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington.  (Source:Associated Press)

On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge brought forward by the state of Texas over a law in California that prevents state-funded travel to states with laws hostile towards the LGBTQ community.

According to Reuters, the measure was enacted in 2016 by California as a response to other states that allowed the discrimination of LGBTQ people by refusing them service, via relgious liberty laws.

Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, two conservative justices, both said that they would have heard the case.

Texas filed this suit against California after the latter added it to the list of states that were part of the ban. The number of states included is 12.

The state was added to the no-travel list after it passed legislation that allows child-welfare providers to deny families service on religious grounds, with California claiming that this could be used to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Texas claimed in the lawsuit that California's law violated the interstate commerce clause, by in theory limiting commerce between states. The brief filed by Texas was backed by 19 other states, including West Virginia, Kansas, and Tennessee.

The previous presidential administration pushed the court to hear the case, stating the California law "transgresses constitutional principles that are designed to bind the states together in a single union."

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