The European Union insists that North Carolina should reconsider HB2 as soon as possible.
The EU has released a statement this week which condemns North Carolina’s recently passed House Bill 2 (HB2) as well as other anti-LGBT laws in states like Tennessee and Mississippi.
HB2 forces transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender assigned at birth as opposed to the gender that they identify with.
Spokesperson Catherine Ray posted a statement on the EU website declaring that HB2 and other laws “discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons [… and] contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the U.S. is a state party, and which states that the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection.”
The covenant which the EU is referencing here states that the agreement on civil rights should “guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
The EU continues in its statement to assert “We will continue to work to end all forms of discrimination and to counter attempts to embed or enhance discrimination wherever it occurs around the world.”
This comes after popular musicians, and tech companies condemned the discriminatory HB2, and the US Department of Justice issued North Carolina to redress the bill or face losing millions of dollars in federal funding.
The US Department of Justice’s Attorney General reached out to transgender people in a heartfelt speech, assuring that the Obama administration would fight for their rights and to reassure them that “history is on your side”.
North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory’s spokesman has repudiated the EU’s statement saying “We relinquished our adherence to the British crown and European powers over two hundred years ago. The law is now in federal court where it will be resolved.”
With anti-LGBT laws in several states of USA, it makes travelling to certain parts of the nation a risk for LGBT citizens of Europe. With that in mind, it might be easier to just book a holiday to somewhere in the Mediterranean for some guaranteed sun!
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