RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – President Obama called for North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 Friday during a trip to the UK.
“I think it’s very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently,” he said.
His comments come a day after British Prime Minister David Cameron warned members of the LGBT community in his country about traveling to North Carolina or Mississippi, who both have passed laws that some view as discriminatory.
“We make our own views about the importance of trying to end discrimination and we’ve made some important steps forward in our own country on that front,” Cameron said.
President Obama addressed those warnings Friday, promising people they would be welcomed in all 50 states.
“People of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people,” he said. “They are hospitable people, they are beautiful states, and you are welcome and you should come and enjoy yourselves.”
Governor Pat McCrory agreed with parts of what the President said, indicating everyone was welcomed in the state. However, in a statement, McCrory said he, “respectfully disagrees with the political left’s national agenda to mandate changes to basic, common-sense restroom norms.”
Some state lawmakers continue to stand by the bill. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, “not every father has the luxury of secret service agents protecting his daughters’ right to privacy in the girls’ bathroom.”
State lawmakers return for their short session on Monday, where they will be able to alter the bill if they want to.