HB2 opponents 'give McCrory wake-up call' with air horn protest

Posted April 13, 2016
Updated April 14, 2016

— An ear-piercing protest against House Bill 2 took place outside the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday night as demonstrators came armed with air horns.

“He’s not listening, so he needs someone to give him a wake-up call,” said protester Andrew Payne of Gov. Pat McCrory.

Protestors against the bill, which prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, excludes gays, lesbians and transgenders from discrimination protection in employment and public accommodations and bars cities and counties from extending such protection to them, blasted horns of all kinds outside the Governor’s Mansion.

“People make noise, literally, to get government’s attention,” said protester Sarah Jessica Farber. “He still seems to be pushing this line that the bill doesn’t hurt people.”

On Tuesday, McCrory posted a video online responding to the controversy surrounding the bill and announced an executive order in response to complaints about House Bill 2.

That action included extending some employment discrimination protections but it did not remove a rule requiring transgender people to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.

The measures have not been enough to satisfy some opponents of the bill.

“It is a white-wash. It is a political back-step,” said Payne. “Discrimination, in any form in this state, is not not possible.”

Richard Foy, outnumbered by horns, said he supports House Bill 2.

“In my opinion, it’s about protecting the public,” he said.

Foy said, on both sides, the fight is still on.

Demonstrators said more protests are planned, particularly when state lawmakers return to Raleigh later this month.


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  • Chance Loria Apr 14, 2016
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    PLEASE do show us the math you speak of. Facts speak louder than opinion.

  • Bill Brauner Apr 14, 2016
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    Overturning this ridiculous, bigoted bill is not going to cause the massive increase in sexual predators like people are fearing. It's not going to make it any less illegal.

    Relate it to the gun control argument. "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Making the gun illegal isn't going to stop someone to using one, and allowing transgenders to perform bodily functions as the gender they feel that are isn't going to turn them into some crazed pedophile or sexual predator trying to look at your wife's ladybits.

    The old way of thinking is gone. We live in an era of acceptance and tolerance (if you feel that you just can not accept things.) Let people be who they want to be because right now, they (LGBT community) are the only ones demonstrating any tolerance from the bigotry from this state.

  • Dan Wilder Apr 14, 2016
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    That's true... we never have been a democracy, This country was purposely created by our forefathers as a Constitutional Republic, there is a big difference.

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 14, 2016
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    Hmmm. When did we become a democracy?

  • Carl Keehn Apr 14, 2016
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    "§ 143-422.3. Investigations; conciliations.
    14 The Human Relations Commission in the Department of Administration shall have the
    15 authority to receive charges of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity
    16 Commission pursuant to an agreement under Section 709(b) of Public Law 88-352, as amended by
    17 Public Law 92-261, and investigate and conciliate charges of discrimination. Throughout this
    18 process, the agency shall use its good offices to effect an amicable resolution of the charges of
    19 discrimination. This Article does not create, and shall not be construed to create or support, a 20 statutory or common law private right of action, and no person may bring any civil action based 21 upon the public policy expressed herein."

    How does this protect our children from potential predators?

  • Carl Keehn Apr 14, 2016
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    "§ 95-25.1. Short title and legislative purpose.purpose; local governments preempted.
    12 (a) This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Wage and Hour Act."
    13 (b) The public policy of this State is declared as follows: The wage levels of employees,
    14 hours of labor, payment of earned wages, and the well-being of minors are subjects of concern
    15 requiring legislation to promote the general welfare of the people of the State without jeopardizing
    16 the competitive position of North Carolina business and industry. The General Assembly declares
    17 that the general welfare of the State requires the enactment of this law under the police power of 18 the State.

    How does this protect our children from potential predators?

  • Christian Knott Apr 14, 2016
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    Why don't YOU do research as to where and when Cyndi, Ringo, Bruce and others have played overseas before you ask it in a loaded and ignorant manner? It gets harder and harder for people to point fingers at PRO LGBT Ceo's, entertainers and fellow citizens as they are steadily becoming the majority.

  • Steve Clark Apr 14, 2016
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    Well said, Amanda. When those two men targeted Eve Carson (let's go get a white girl.. from their statements) and then stood over her body and shot her as she begged for her life.. it wasn't because they had the Love of Jesus in their heart. However, 'hate crime' was NEVER mentioned in their case. I think Hate Crime legislation is redundant and (almost always) one-sided.

    And just a note about Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, and Bruce... it's interesting that None of them were even close to sell-out shows.... AND, I'm curious as to where Pay-pal decides to go... my suspicion is a place that gave them bigger/better tax incentives than NC offered. But it sure makes better news to say you're 'protesting', rather than 'cutting your losses', doesn't it?

    And just curious how many shows Cindy, Bruce, Ringo and Bryan have played overseas.. in countries that actually Execute homosexuals... hmmmm..

  • Teresa Engel Apr 14, 2016
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    [quote=15641979]Post by Crystal Czeck[/quote
    Is already happened, Crystal. Don't you remember all the whining they did when the SCOTUS ruled SSM laws and amendments unconstitutional? We aren't getting our way! My deeply held religious beliefs are under attack! Christians are being persecuted because we can't discriminate! And on and on, ad nauseum.

  • Amanda Townsend Apr 14, 2016
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    That's obnoxiously funny! I fall in the middle on the bathroom issue - I can see both sides to this. I don't like the fact that the bill removed LGBT as a group that to be protected under the law for discrimination. But isn't everyone covered by other categories - why must there be a "special" category? It's my same thought on hate crimes - aren't all crimes against another person hate crimes?