The UK govt. had cautioned the LGBT & gay travellers to be careful in US due to the legislation in Mississipi & North Carolina.
“US is an extremely diverse society & attitudes toward LGBT people differ hugely across country,” reads a travel advisory from UK.
The recently passes laws in both states permits the businesses to refuse the service to LGBT people.
The advisory comes from UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
In North Carolina, the legislation that was passed by Gov. Pat McCrory annuls the previously passed legislation from Charlotte that ratified the LGBT protections.
His new law states that LGBT people must use the public bathrooms acc. to gender on their birth certificates. The Mississippi’s law has an analogous bathroom establishment and it also shields dozens of forms of businesses & services from being prosecuted by govt. for refusing service to LGBT people.
It’s “both frightening & embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens of risks” said Ty Cobb of Human Rights Campaign, while travelling to US,.
“It’s now more clear than ever that these terrible measures aren’t only harming individuals & taking an economic toll on the states, but are also causing serious damage to our nation’s reputation, & the perceived safety of the LGBT people who travel here.”
The companies are restricting their businesses in states because of this law, and numerous entertainers have terminated their performances in both states over this law.
Over a dozen US states have passed or reflected the “religious liberty” laws, sparking dispute and protest across country.
The Supporters of the bill argue that these bills safeguard the religious beliefs, however the majority of the critics say that they are actually legalized discernment in face of the gay marriage becoming legal last year.
Donald Trump has also weighed in on bathroom provisions of laws, saying that the people in North Carolina should be permitted to use bathrooms that they feel is appropriate.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas however has said that he supports the North Carolina’s law.