San Francisco has banned travel to the state due to religious adoption law
South Dakota passed an adoption law that allows religion-affiliated adoption agencies to not place children with unmarried or same-sex couples.
The law has landed South Dakota in San Francisco’s list of states that city workers are not allowed to visit on official work.
According to a report by The Brookings Register, a spokesman for the San Francisco city administrator said “City employees will be barred from traveling on state or city-subsidized business to South Dakota or from contracting with South Dakota businesses.”
The ban is part of an ordinance that blocks official travel to states that have laws discriminatory to the LGBTQ community.
Four other states already on the list include Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
A similar legislation was passed in California late last year.
In many countries, marriage is a prerequisite to adopting. In Thailand, Thai adoption laws require that the prospective parents be married.
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Uber has vowed to stand by its driver partners in case they face legal action from authorities reports The Nation.
Amy Kunrojpanya, Director of Policy and Communications for Uber in Asia Pacific, told The Nation, “We stand ready to assist driver partners through a variety of Uber support channels.”
The announcement came after the recent dispute between the company and authorities over legalizing the ride-sharing service in Thailand.
The government had requested the firm to suspend its operations in Thailand until after studies about its legalization have been completed, which is expected to take anywhere between 6 to 12 months.
Uber rejected the request following a threat of legal action from the government and Kunrojpanya said that the company has received support from drivers.
“We appreciate that [the support] … Today we are still seeing new drivers sign up to drive using the Uber app, and new riders taking their first trips.”
Uber first arrived in the scene in 2014 and has since incurred the wrath of the Department of Land Transport who ordered that the company be banned. However, the authorities could do little as ride sharing companies’ popularity continued to increase.
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