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Obama says North Carolina’s HB2 is wrong, should be overturned

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LONDON — President Barack Obama said Friday North Carolina’s law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is wrong should be overturned, ABC News reports.

The president criticized the law and others targeting LGBT people while speaking in London as part of a three-day visit.

“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. 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.”

His comments come after the United Kingdom issued a travel advisory, warning British citizens about possible discrimination if they visit certain U.S. states.

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) sent out a response to Obama’s comments in a statement.

“Not every father has the luxury of secret service agents protecting his daughters’ right to privacy in the girls’ bathroom,” Berger said.

Obama’s comments come after Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump spoke out against the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act on Thursday.