Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he supports the ability of North Carolina lawmakers to pass a law restricting bathroom access for gay and transgender people.
Cruz said Thursday during taping of a MSNBC town hall in Buffalo, New York, that states can pass such laws because "men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls."
"That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make," he added.
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But Cruz would not comment on an executive order signed by North Carolina's governor expanding the state's equal employment policy to include "protections for sexual orientation and gender identity."
Cruz said he isn't familiar with the details of what was signed.
The bill, signed into law last month, requires gender-specific restroom and locker room access in government buildings and schools.
North Carolina has faced a national backlash from gay rights groups, entertainers and business leaders who say the law unfairly targets gay and lesbian people.