Republican Senator Says His State’s Anti-LGBT Law Goes ‘Too Far’

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that his state’s anti-LGBT law is too “expansive.”

“I think the General Assembly went too far and the City of Charlotte created an issue where there wasn’t a problem,” Burr said.

The law allows discrimination against LGBT individuals and prevents people from selecting a bathroom of their choice based on the gender in which they identify.

Burr has largely avoided commenting on the legislation since it passed in March, but told the online news website he took “issue” with it.

“The legislature botched what they were trying to do,” Burr said. “It was far too expansive.”

The law has been widely criticized and some companies and musical acts have vowed not to do business within the state.

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