After North Carolina passed a bigoted anti-LGBT house bill, the state has been blasted by everyone from music legends, to late night hosts, and even porn websites!
Now, Barack Obama is speaking out on the law that limits anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender people, and — surprise! — he's not a fan.
On Friday, POTUS criticized the state law during a press conference on his three day visit to London.
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In response to the U.K.'s travel advisory warning British citizens about possible discrimination when traveling to certain states, Obama encouraged tourists that they will be "treated with extraordinary hospitality" if they stop by North Carolina.
However, the president made it clear that he thinks their new legislation should be "overturned." He said:
"I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people, are hospitable people, they are beautiful states, and you are welcome, and you should come and enjoy yourselves. And I think you'll be treated with extraordinary hospitality. I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong, and should be overturned."
The president explained that while he respects the viewpoints of the conservative state, he believes "respecting the equal rights of all people" is of utmost importance, continuing:
"They're in response to politics in part, and part some strong emotions that are generated by people. Some of whom are good people, but I just disagree with when it comes to respecting the equal rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Whether they're transgender, or gay or lesbian. And, although I respect their different viewpoints, I think it's very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently."
We couldn't agree more! Let's just all get the eff along already!
Ch-ch-check out a clip of the conference (below) to hear Obama's full remarks!
[Image via Euan Cherry/WENN.]
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