HB2 opponents 'give McCrory wake-up call' with air horn protest
Posted April 13
Updated April 14
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.