Tennessee's Withering Response to California's Travel Ban

June 27, 2017Jun 27, 2017

After California added another four states to their travel ban, Tennessee’s scathing resolution, which was released in May, is making the rounds again. Tennessee legislators, who were targeted because they enacted a law allowing state-licensed therapists to deny treatment LGBT individuals based on the counselor's personal beliefs, did not take well to California’s coercion.

They poked fun at California’s financial situation, writing “California's attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California's exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration."

Legislators continued, saying they were “pleasantly surprised” that California will no longer be sending economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit their businesses. They also pointed out that California is only hurting athletics in their state by banning travel to Tennessee, where March Madness will be held this year.

After they were done pointing out the irrationality of the ban, Tennessee turned to attacking the ban itself, pointing out that it is neither “persuasive nor productive for either party and will lead to economic warfare among states.” They also cited the Tenth Amendment, which grants states “sovereignty in addressing issues solely within their jurisdiction,” and they emphatically said all states should “respect this most basic precept of American government.”

They finished by encouraging the governor to institute his own travel ban against any states that single out Tennessee and they encouraged other states to refrain from “imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness.”

As of yet, Tennessee has not issued their travel ban.

Read the whole resolution below: