RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds of people against and for House Bill 2 descended on downtown Raleigh to make their voices heard as the General Assembly begins a new session Monday.
Protesters and supporters of the new law held rallies Monday as the General Assembly meets for a new session Monday.
Those who oppose the law arrived Monday morning to deliver a signed petition with 181,000 signatures to the governor’s office to repeal the law.
TurnOUT!NC was joined by Rev. William Barber and the North Carolina NAACP at a press conference Monday morning in downtown Raleigh.
“This bill is an anti-living wage bill,” said N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber. “It’s an anti-worker bill. It’s an anti-family bill. It’s an anti-civil rights protection bill. It’s an anti-gay bill,”
Supporters of the law are also gathering to show their support of the law and state lawmakers who are for it.
“We’re expecting the number of attendees to be in the thousands,” said Dave Goetze, an HB 2 supporter. “We know that there are churches from all over the state bringing in people by the bus loads to stand up.”
Goetze is helping the group, Return America, organize a rally to show support for lawmakers. They camped out on the Halifax Mall behind the legislative building, and hosted a gospel concert and speeches starting at 11 a.m.
“To show that the majority in North Carolina really does agree with the legislature for overturning the Charlotte bathroom ordinance,” Goetz said.
A group of Democrats from the General Assembly officially filed a bill Monday to repeal to HB2. A news conference was held at 11 a.m. They said their sole intention for the short session is to repeal HB2.
“We must act immediately to repeal this harmful legislation right now, before the push back nationally does real and long-term harm to our state,” said Rep. Darren Jackson (D), House District 39.
House Bill 946 repeals HB2 and returns things back to status quo before HB2 was passed, allowing local communities to set their own standards.
“Many of the Republicans say they have no interest in repealing HB2, but we fully intend to change their minds,” Rep. Susi Hamilton (D), House District 18 said.