The White House has officially jumped into the debate over the recently passed House Bill 2 out of North Carolina, calling it “mean-spirited.”
In his latest briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest commented on the bill, which North Carolina lawmakers passed in a single day last week, swiftly blocking all local governments from installing protective LGBT ordinances and restricting bathroom access for trans individuals.
“This administration is strongly committed to advancing the cause of equality for LGBT Americans and to ensuring that they do not face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love,” Earnest said in a statement.
He continued, “Like so many others across the country, we are concerned about the potential harmful impact of this law, especially on transgender youth, and believe it is mean-spirited and sends the wrong message.”
The White House now joins a growing group of powerful individuals speaking out against the hateful legislation, which includes both democratic presidential hopefuls, who took to Twitter to respond to the bill:
It's time to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This law has no place in America. https://t.co/uINi5KpsZ6
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 24, 2016
LGBT people should be protected from discrimination under the law—period. https://t.co/IMOyRZe5Gh -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 24, 2016