The controversial law sparked criticism from local and national groups after it was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory during an emergency session in March.
And the U.K. issued a travel advisory warning to LGBT travelers visiting North Carolina and Mississippi.
“The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country,” the advisory stated. “LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”
During a joint press conference with Cameron, Obama said he disagreed with both laws.
“I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned,” Obama said in the conference. “... I think it’s very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently.”
But, he said, LGBT travelers would be greeted with hospitality in both states.
Cameron said the travel advisory is intended to be impartial and not to send a political message, but he stressed the importance of legislators ending discrimination.
“Our view on any of these things is that we believe that we should be trying to use law to end discrimination rather than to embed it or enhance it,” Cameron said in the conference. “And that’s something we’re comfortable saying to countries and friends anywhere in the world.”