US President Barack Obama has said that North Carolina’s controversial anti-gay law should be overturned.
The law, commonly known as HB2, forces transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate and it also prohibits municipalities within the state from enacting their own anti-discrimination laws. Some have called it the most anti-gay piece of legislation in the United States.
Speaking during a recent visit to the United Kingdom, President Obama said that those in North Carolina are “wonderful people” and that people who visit the state will be met with “extraordinary hospitality.”
“I also think the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned,” he said.
He also called advocates for the law “good people,” saying that “although I respect their different viewpoints, I think it’s very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently.”
The President said that bills such as HB2 were a result of “politics, in part” as well as “some strong emotions that are generated by people.”
Meanwhile, a married lesbian couple from North Carolina who claim they were turned away from a fertility clinic have now joined a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the HB2 law.
Beverly Newell and Kelly Trent said the fertility clinic canceled their scheduled in vitro fertilization appointment and told them they don’t service same-sex couples shortly after the state’s bill came into effect.
“It’s unnerving to know that we could be turned away by any business for being a same-sex couple and have no recourse because of HB2,” Beverly Newell said.
“The bill has made it OK to harm LGBT people. The state of North Carolina is better than this.”
The clinic firmly denied the couple’s allegations in a statement.