Obama says NC’s anti-LGBT laws should be overturned
LONDON (AP) — President Barack Obama says North Carolina’s law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is wrong should be overturned.
Obama is criticizing the state law and others targeting LGBT people during a news conference in London. He says they’re in response to politics and strong emotions. Obama says some of the proponents are good people but that he disagrees with them.
Obama is commenting after the U.K. put out a travel advisory warning British citizens about possible discrimination if they travel to certain U.S. states. Obama says Americans in those states are “wonderful people” and that British citizens should feel free to come and enjoy themselves. He says they’ll be treated with “extraordinary hospitality.”
Obama says the U.S. isn’t unique in having a federal system where states can make their own policies.
Friday afternoon, North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger responded to Obama’s statements.
“Not every father has the luxury of secret service agents protecting his daughters’ right to privacy in the girls’ bathroom,” Berger said in a statement.