President Obama Condemns Discriminatory Bills

At a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron today, President Obama criticized recently adopted bills in Mississippi and North Carolina that sanction discrimination. Mic reports that the president said the bills “are wrong and should be overturned.” Obama made the statements one day after the U.K. issued travel warnings for LGBT Brits who plan to visit the Southern states. 

Both bills inspired national outrage and punitive boycotts. Mississippi's HB 1523 is a broadly written "religious freedom" measure that allows individuals, corporations, healthcare providers and non-profit organizations to deny goods and services to LGBT people and others even if they receive public funding. North Carolina's HB 2 isn't branded as a "religious freedom" measure, but it prohibits transgender people from using the correct bathrooms and invalidates local non-discrimination protections.

Visit Mic to hear more of Obama's speech.