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North Carolina and Mississippi’s anti-LGBT laws are disastrous, not only for those states’ LGBT communities (and transgender individuals in particular), but for residents across both states. It’s difficult to think of any other legislation that has brought such a swift and vehement reaction from so many corners. These anti-LGBT laws undeniably represent state-sponsored discrimination. Many entertainers, politicians, and business owners have demanded their repeal.
Anti-LGBT Laws Bring Strong Reactions
Since these anti-LGBT laws were enacted, North Carolina and Mississippi have already seen the economic and cultural impact of bigotry, from companies refusing to do business in the state to musicians canceling tour stops. Other states and localities have warned their personnel against nonessential travel to either state. Federal agencies are considering whether discriminatory laws will impact these states’ eligibility for funding.
10 Powerful Responses to Anti-LGBT Laws
We’ve gathered ten of the most powerful reactions to these new laws, from athletes and musicians to CEOs and lawmakers:
1 | Bruce Springsteen
“No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”
2 | Charles Barkley
“As a black person I’m against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. So I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from Charlotte.”
3 | Ellen Degeneres
“If you’re in Mississippi or North Carolina or anywhere, and you’re saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don’t lose hope. I was fired for being gay, I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now. I could buy that governor’s mansion, flip it, and make a $7 million profit.”
4 | PayPal CEO Dan Schulman
“Becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable. The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.”
5 | Rachel Maddow
“If these agencies find that Mississippi is in violation of federal nondiscrimination policies, then Mississippi, too, like North Carolina, could lose billions of federal dollars, which North Carolina cannot afford, but which Mississippi desperately cannot afford.”
6 | Bernie Sanders
“As president of the United States, I would do everything I can do to overturn those outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina. We have gone too far as a nation. God knows we have seen so much discrimination in our history.”
7 | Todd Stauffer, Publisher of the Jackson Free Press
“The last thing that we can accept in Mississippi is the loss of more young, creative minds who represent a bright future for a beautiful state with a troubled past. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and work hard to let the world know that there’s more to the Hospitality State than its inhospitable elected officials.”
8 | North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
“Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t repeal it. The threats to our economy will grow even darker the longer this law stays in effect.”
9 | Robin Roberts
“It hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome. It’s always been a deeply held belief of mine that everyone, everywhere should be treated equally. I’m proud that my beloved mother and father taught me as a child growing up in Mississippi to focus on the many things we all have in common, not our few differences. And what we all deserve to have in common is the right to be treated equally.”
10 | Hillary Clinton
Calls to Repeal Anti-LBGT Laws
With so much vocal opposition to these laws coming from politicians, celebrities, businesses and athletic organizations, it’s clear that Mississippi and North Carolina will soon start feeling the economic and cultural pressure of allowing clearly bigoted laws to remain in place. As calls to repeal the measures, lawsuits challenging the legality of state-sponsored discrimination, and widespread action against these laws continue to ramp up, it almost seems like a question of when–rather than if–these harmful laws will be overturned.