LGBTQ law blocks SoCal college rocket club from Alabama competition

Citrus College rocketry club earned a coveted spot at the annual NASA Student Launch competition, but the event is held in Alabama -- a state targeted by law banning travel to states deemed to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people

2014 Citrus College Rocket Owls team. (image: courtesy photo, Jan. 2014)

A Citrus College rocketry club may be reaching for the stars, but is coming up with a handful of politics.

The Rocket Owls team has earned a coveted spot at the annual NASA Student Launch competition, where 60 college teams from across the country go head-to-head, building and launching high-altitude rockets.

But the event is held in Huntsville, Alabama which is one of eight states now targeted by the California legislature’s AB 1887. That law bans publicly funded travel to states deemed to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.

Team from the current Rocket Owls page (image: Rocket Owls website)

Citrus College released a written statement saying “The College stands with the State Chancellor, the Legislature and the Governor in support of AB 1887 as a response against discrimination. …As an alternative, the Rocket Owls will be participating in a rocket competition sponsored by Friends of Amateur Rocketry/Mars Society to be held in Mojave, California.”

But at least one Citrus College faculty member is upset that the students will not be able to compete in the NASA competition. Math professor Paul Swatzel says he’s hoping the school will let the students participate if they raise their own money and don’t use any public funds. He’s already donated $500.

“To be an undergraduate, even more a community college student, to do something like this alongside Ivy League schools and top four-year schools across the country is quite an experience,” he said.

Full story at ABC7.

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  1. California is the land of loony legislation. Liberalism is loony.

  2. Faithful and True says:

    Sad! Let these students go! Their rights are being impeded by political ideology gone wild!

  3. They should go to Huntsville.
    Apparently the issue is that Alabama allows adoption agencies with sincerely held religious beliefs not to place children in homes of LGBTQ parents. Catholic Charities in Boston and San Francisco had to give up their adoption service because of laws which require them to violate their religious convictions.

    • Liberals are tyrants and crybullies: tyrants because they force religious institutions to either violate their consciences or stop providing socially beneficial services; crybullies because they pass legislation such as the law in California that is nothing more than a temper tantrum against conservative states to try to bully them into going along with the liberal program.

      Liberal crybullies say, “Bake the wedding cake, take the wedding pictures, arrange the wedding flowers, provide the gay adoptions, and if you don’t do those things then we will sue you, boycott you and otherwise punish you legally and financially until your life is ruined.”

  4. A blessing in disguise — more accurately, in drag. Publicly funded means your time, your money, your labor confiscated. Therefore, suffer the little rocketeers to come and do not hinder them; but on their own dime, for such is the free market.

  5. The Watchma says:

    California is wrong on this issue and Alabama is right. I urge California to start promoting the culture of life instead of supporting the culture of death. California can you not see the signs of times all around you. Wake up before it is too late! I urge the people of California to donate money to a special fund so that these students can go to Alabama on their own time. Turn to a God of love and mercy. Repent and convert! Pray California Pray. Pray America Pray. Pray Pray Pray!

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