Ciara moves wedding out of North Carolina over anti-LGBT law

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R&B star Ciara moved her wedding out of North Carolina over the state’s controversial HB2.

House Bill 2, which was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on 23 March, renders all local anti-discrimination ordinances void and bans trans people from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Despite marrying partner Russell Wilson at a castle in Liverpool this July, Ciara’s wedding planner Mindy Weiss has revealed that the couple originally planned to wed in the US state, before changing their minds over the law.

During an interview with The Knot, Mindy said: “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws.”

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The couple then planned to move the wedding to Paris, although it was “really difficult” due to Fashion Week taking place – they eventually settled on a private ceremony with 110 guests in Liverpool, England.

Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights organisation in the US, have since congratulated the singer and the NFL star on their wedding and thanked them for “standing up for LGBTQ equality”.

They aren’t the first big names to challenge the state’s discriminatory law – celebrities including Elton JohnBeyoncéNick Jonas, Duran Duran and even the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race have slammed HB2.

North Carolina has also seen a drop in tourism and a loss of business due to the law, with money giant PayPal scrapping plans to expand its business in the state costing hundreds of potential jobs.

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