Obama: ‘Overturn NC LGBT Discrimination Law’

Associated Press

President Obama says North Carolina’s law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people should be overturned.

The law requires public school and university students to use only those bathrooms that match their birth certificates. It also prevents the state’s cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. Instead, the law imposes a statewide standard that leaves out sexual orientation and gender identity.

On Friday, attorneys added a transgender high school student to their lawsuit challenging the new law. The plaintiffs now include 17-year-old Hunter Schafer, a junior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School in Winston-Salem. She uses the restrooms and lives in dorms with girls, but the law would require that she uses boys’ facilities.

In a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, the president said laws that have been passed in North Carolina and Mississippi targeting the LGBT community are “wrong and should be overturned.”

“Although I respect their [legislators] different viewpoints, I think it’s very important not to send signals that anybody is treated differently,” he said.

Mississippi’s bill would go into effect in July. It would allow organizations to deny services to LGBT people based on their religious beliefs and objections to same sex marriage.