US President Barack Obama said Friday (22 April) that controversial anti-LGBTI laws recently enacted in North Carolina and Mississippi should be repealed.
Obama, appearing at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, made his strongest statements to date against the laws which have resulted in growing backlash.
‘I … think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned and they’re in response to politics in part and some strong emotions that are generated by people,’ Obama said.
North Carolina’s HB2 law bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state.
It was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.
Mississippi’s HB 1523 is considered by LGBTI activists to be the worst of the anti-gay bills currently under consideration by state legislatures in the US.
It legally protects religious institutions should they decide to not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified, deserving LGBTI families.
It also protects state employees if they refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and sanctions the use of ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.
The Republican governors in both states have remained defiant against critics and continue to defend the laws.
H/T: Talking Points Memo