California’s Attorney General enforces travel ban to South Carolina – will he turn a blind eye to governor’s trip to El Salvador?
The Sacramento Bee reports that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has extended California’s ban on taxpayer-funded trips to the State of South Carolina, saying it allows private faith-based groups to withhold adoption services over moral objections, effectively permitting discrimination against LGBTQ people.
So what is the Attorney General going to do about Governor Newsom’s impending junket to El Salvador, a country which actively discriminates against LGBTQ people? The country also deals extremely harshly with women, not just banning abortion but vigorously prosecuting it regardless of the female’s age, whether she’s a victim of rape or incest, or to save her life.
So will Attorney General Becerra say something to the governor? Or will he simply stand by loyally, maybe even help the governor pack his bags? Hypocrisy is hypocrisy, even when – especially when – practiced by the sanctimonious elite.
El Salvador does not recognize same-sex marriage and civil unions are banned
According to this crowdsourced website tracking LGBT rights by country, unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions are banned; transgender people can change their name but sex changes are illegal; and same-sex adoption is illegal.
- Equaldex – https://www.equaldex.com/region/el-salvador
Reuters reports that LGBT people flee El Salvador due to violence and threats
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are being forced to leave El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to escape ‘epidemic levels of violence’ and threats by criminal gangs and security forces, [Amnesty International] said in a report.”
Human Rights Watch says LGBT rights in El Salvador given a blind eye
“LGBT individuals are targets of homophobic and transphobic violence, including by police and gang members. Since 1994, over 600 have been killed, according to four Salvadoran LGBT rights organizations. El Salvador introduced hate crimes into its penal code in September 2015. To date, no cases have been prosecuted as hate crimes. Human Rights Watch is not aware of any bias-related murders of known LGBT individuals that have resulted in conviction.”
Foreign Policy reports El Salvador is “strongest enforcer” of abortion ban in the world
“Since , more than 150 women have been prosecuted under the country’s harsh law, some as young as 12 years old. Abortion carries a maximum sentence of 12 years, but depending on the stage of the pregnancy, prosecutors can increase the charge to homicide, which carries up to 40 years behind bars.”