California banned state-funded travel to Florida. Meet the LGBT leader who made it happen
California State Assembly member Evan Low speaks onstage at the Equality California 2018 Los Angeles Equality Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. - Phillip Faraone/Getty Images North America/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California this week banned taxpayer-funded travel to five states that recently adopted measures viewed by Democratic leaders as discriminatory against transgender Americans. California's power to restrict travel to certain states comes from a 2016 law written by the current leader of the Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell. He wrote it in response to so-called religious freedom laws that allowed organizations to deny services to same-sex couples or restrict the civil rights of LGBT people in some way. Altogether, 17 states now are on California's "no...