October 12, 2016 8:44 AM EDT

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that if Caitlyn Jenner visits the state, she will be required to use men’s bathroom facilities.

“In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to because we don’t want to be in the private business of the private sector,” McCrory said Tuesday during a gubernatorial debate, when asked which facilities Jenner—who came out as a transgender woman last year—would be able to use.

“If she’s going to a shower facility at UNC-Chapel Hill after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower,” McCrory said.

Jenner has become one of the most high-profile advocates for transgender rights since coming out.

Tuesday’s debate question referred to a controversial state law that requires people to use bathrooms corresponding to their sex at birth. It has been heavily criticized as discriminatory by celebrities, politicians and business leaders. McCrory has stood by the law, denouncing as “political retaliation” any efforts by businesses and athletic organizations to show their opposition.

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