During his visit to the United Kingdom on Friday, Barack Obama opined that a new law in North Carolina requiring use of government restrooms in accordance with birth gender, and a new law in Mississippi mandating the same and providing religious liberty protections for those who decline forms of participation in same-sex ceremonies, are “wrong and should be overturned.”
Obama was asked about the matter during a news conference after the U.K. Foreign Office had released a travel advisory to warn British citizens about traveling to certain U.S. states.
“LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi,” it said.
Obama, appearing with Prime Minister David Cameron, sought to assure the British that there should be no issue with touring the states.
“I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that the people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people. They are hospitable people,” he said. “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.”
But Obama also said that he believes that the new laws are wrongful.
“I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong, and should be overturned,” he stated. “They’re in response to politics in part, and part some strong emotions that are generated by people, some of whom are good people.” Read More