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Supporters of HB2 hold vigil outside governor's mansion

Posted March 31
Updated April 1

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— A group of people gathered outside the governor’s mansion Thursday evening, asking state leaders to hold their ground as backlash against House Bill 2 continues.

“We have a strong governor that is willing to take a stand for the safety and privacy of our families,” said Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition.

The group supports recently passed HB2, requiring transgender people to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.

“Anytime you open the door a little wider, that a sexual predator can take advantage of—and you put women and children in harm’s way—I think we should all stand up against that and say, ‘No, we aren’t going to do that,’” said organizer Steve Noble.

Participants Thursday evening gathered to pray and included the LGBT community, who may not agree with them, in their prayers.

“In my mind, they are not the issue or the problem,” Noble said.

Opponents of HB2 say it’s not only discriminatory to the transgender community, but they say it also hurts workers and the authority of local governments.

“The businesses around this country that are bullying the state of North Carolina, I think at some point in time they are going to have to answer to their customers and shareholders,” Fitzgerald said.

Event planners told WRAL News that more events are planned for next week.


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  • Jacob Smirnov Apr 1, 5:12 p.m.
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    Excellent observation. Most of us have noticed that conservatives are peaceful and respectful. while the liberals are just the opposite. Of course, none of the talking heads in the main stream media will admit that.

  • Max Smirenny Apr 1, 1:27 p.m.
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    Yes it is STILL illegal to discriminate, and yes you can still file suit against an employer if you feel like you are a victim of discrimination... the claim must just be filed within the time frame allotted... not to mention there is ALWAYS a Federal system for filing. All is well.....

    Guns... yes really.

  • Edward Anderson Apr 1, 1:01 p.m.
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    Guns? Really?
    Specifically: this new law "could affect many ongoing cases across the state. She said that majority of cases in the state are over discrimination because of age, sex and disabilities." THIS kind of discrimination is No Longer Protected against in North Carolina due to HB2.

  • Max Smirenny Apr 1, 11:36 a.m.
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    An admirable argument, but dont you think that the Federal and Stat laws that already protect everyone from discrimination are somehow inadequate? If so... what are those and how did the Charlotte ordinance fix them... other than allowing trans-gendered folks access to communal bathrooms and such?

    What if a city passed an ordinance allowing concealed carry of weapons into ALL businesses... regardless of their personal objections? There are places you just dont want firearms... right?

  • John Smith Apr 1, 11:36 a.m.
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    Take notice how this group is standing on sidewalks and peacefully letting their feelings be shown and heard....versus the other groups that feel the need to impede traffic and cause frustration for people not involved by setting up P.A. systems or chaining themselves in the middle of the street.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Apr 1, 11:05 a.m.
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    Well, lets just take it all the way and remove all signs from all the doors and people can just take their chances. Some of you people are taking the Bill of Rights and turning it into the Book of Jokes. Not saying that those LGBT folks are all bad, but it sure opens doors for those pervs that we all know are out there. (Dan)

  • Edward Anderson Apr 1, 10:20 a.m.
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    This backwards bill is *NOT* just about bathrooms. In fact, everyone I've talked to in the LGBT community about this issue doesn't give a hoot about bathrooms. The elephant in the room here, which our dear governor refuses to admit to, is the ban on local governments being able to pass anti-discrimination laws against almost every class of person who is not covered by the federal anti-discrimination laws. Does this make McCrory "Big Brother"...beginning to look like either that or his puppet.

  • Tandy Dawgy Apr 1, 9:10 a.m.
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    "The LGBT"? What's that? I don't recall paying any membership dues to their organization. Heck, being a married blue-eyed, blonde (albeit a little less than when I was younger), tall white guy with three kids, you would probably think it was "safe" to share some sort of crass joke about another person's gender, sexuality, race, etc. etc.

    Joke's on you chief. You don't have to be part of a specific community to realize when another is being wronged.

  • Tandy Dawgy Apr 1, 9:02 a.m.
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    Yep keep thinkin' that. Fortunately "your" archaic, discriminatory line of thinking is slowly but surely perishing into the dusty pages of history. Hope that you are able to stick around a little longer to see it all happen.

  • Will Sonnett Apr 1, 8:28 a.m.
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    Without the media pushing the LGBT agenda, this issue goes away in 24 hours.