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Seth Meyers Eviscerates 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers is not a fan of states that would allow discrimination against LGBT people under the guise of “religious freedom.”

The Late Night with Seth Meyers host reviewed a brief history of this legislation and its consequences, including the major backlash that occurred when Gov. Mike Pence signed such a bill in Indiana last year

“Georgia must have seen the backlash and said, ‘Yeah! We should get in on that!” he quipped, referencing the "religious freedom" bill that was recently vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Meyers went on to outline the situation in North Carolina, where last week, Gov. McCrory signed House Bill 2. The legislation struck down LGBT-inclusive municipal antidiscrimination ordinances and prohibits cities from adopting any new ones. It also expressly requires transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match their gender identity.

"Look, these so-called bathroom bills are ridiculous. For one thing, there is no evidence sexual predators have ever exploited equal rights laws to commit crimes in bathrooms. Most importantly, laws like these legalize discrimination," Meyers said.

The NBC host also pointed out an article in The Charlotte Observer that compared McCrory to segregationists.

“That’s how bad this law is,” Meyers said. “North Carolina’s newspapers have to reach for deep-cut segregationists like Ross Barnett and Orval Faubus.

Watch the clip below.

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