During a news conference in London Friday, President Obama criticized the North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to their gender designation at birth.
The U.K. released a travel advisory earlier this week that warned British citizens about traveling to certain U.S. states, saying, “LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”
Appearing with Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama reassured Brits that the people living in North Carolina and Mississippi are “wonderful people” and said British travelers would be treated with “extraordinary hospitality.”
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.”
President Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Friday. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption