Much has been made recently of the various anti-LGBT laws in the US, and now the EU has said that states such as North Carolina and Mississippi are violating a human rights treaty.
As we know, these laws have received widespread condemnation, not only from businesses and celebrities, but from the Obama administration as well. The UK also recently updated their travel advice warning LGBT people of the discrimination they may face in the United States.
Now the European has spoken out in criticism of the laws, and has suggested that they may actually violate a human rights agreement.
“The recently adopted laws including in the states of Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons in the United States contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the US is a State party, and which states that the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection.”
“As a consequence, cultural, traditional or religious values cannot be invoked to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons.These laws should be reconsidered as soon as possible. The European Union reaffirms its commitment to the equality and dignity of all human beings irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity. 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.”
As I mentioned previously, there has been a lot of push back against the laws, and both Mississippi and North Carolina have seen huge blows to tourism. We also have the court case against North Carolina from the US Justice Department.