Potential Kansas-Cal home-and-home series dropped due to anti-LGBT law in Kansas

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Talks between Kansas and California to play a home-and-home series in college basketball have broken down due to a new law in the state of California that bars college and universities from traveling to states that makes legal the ability to discriminate against the LGBT community, according to a report from the Lawrence Journal-World.

“Cal said they couldn’t do it,” a Kansas spokesman told the paper.

The law, which was passed in 2015 and took effect on Jan. 1st, “prohibits California from approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel” to North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas because of the existence of such laws.

Kansas has a law on their books that allows campus student groups to ban members based on their religious beliefs, and included under that umbrella is the right for religious groups to ban gay people. North Carolina still has the HB2 law on their books, which has turned into a major story in college basketball. In Mississippi, businesses are allowed to refuse service to gay people while Tennessee passed the ‘therapist bill’, which affords counselors the right to reject clients based on their sexuality.