President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street, London before a meeting Friday, April, 22, 2016. Kirsty Wigglesworth AP
President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street, London before a meeting Friday, April, 22, 2016. Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Politics & Government

Obama says NC’s anti-LGBT law should be overturned

By Darlene Superville

and Kevin Freking

Associated Press

April 22, 2016 02:26 PM

UPDATED April 22, 2016 09:33 PM

LONDON

Amid President Barack Obama's visit to the United Kingdom, he said North Carolina's law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is wrong should be overturned.

Obama criticized the state law and others targeting LGBT people during a news conference in London. He said they're in response to politics and strong emotions. Obama sai some of the proponents are good people but that he disagrees with them.

Obama was commenting after the U.K. put out a travel advisory warning British citizens about possible discrimination if they travel to certain U.S. states. Obama said Americans in those states are "wonderful people" and that British citizens should feel free to come and enjoy themselves. He said they'll be treated with "extraordinary hospitality."

Obama said the U.S. isn't unique in having a federal system where states can make their own policies. 

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