While speaking in the UK on Friday, President Obama demanded North Carolina change its so-called “bathroom law” that requires people use the restroom that corresponds to the gender they were born with.
But, the Washington Post said, the people in North Carolina and other states that have similar laws are “wonderful” and said British citizens would be treated with “extraordinary hospitality.”
The Post added:
The president explained that he believed the laws were in response to “politics, in part,” as well as to “some strong emotions that are generated by people.”
Obama also emphasized that some of the laws’ proponents are “good people.”
“Although I respect their different viewpoints, I think it’s very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently,” Obama said.
North Carolina’s so-called bathroom law, among other things, requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates in state government buildings as well as public schools and universities.
Phil Berger, a Republican state senator in N.C. who strongly supports the law keeping men out of womens’ restrooms, responded by saying that “not every father has the luxury of Secret Service agents protecting his daughters’ right to privacy in the girls’ bathroom.”
“Berger has said the law protects women and girls from men using the false pretense of being transgender to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms,” the Post added.
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