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First Lady Condemns States’ ‘Religious Liberty’ Laws

Michelle Obama is urging all Americans to “stand side by side” with the LGBT community by opposing laws that allow discrimination, the Daily Mail reported.

“We see it right here in Mississippi, just two weeks ago, how swiftly progress can hurtle backward; how easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love,” the first lady said during a commencement speech at Jackson State University. She was referring to recently passed “religious liberty” legislation that permits business owners in the Magnolia State to refuse service to LGBT customers.

“So, we’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors - straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American - because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African-Americans; it’s about all Americans,” Obama said. She described her vision of a “more equal” and “more free” society.

Religious liberty bills have advanced in a number of state legislatures. A new North Carolina law requires transgender residents to use public restrooms that correspond to their original sex. United Kingdom officials have posted travel warnings for LGBT citizens planning trips to Mississippi or North Carolina, according to the Daily Mail.

President Obama declared that the two states’ laws are “wrong and should be overturned.”

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