Supporters, opponents on North Carolina’s bathroom bill to hold dueling rallies Monday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The division over the new law known as House Bill 2 continues Monday as dueling rallies are scheduled to take place in Raleigh.

The rallies are set to take place around noon.

Religious leaders, media personalities and others are gathering in Raleigh to reaffirm support for a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity.

Monday’s rally by the “Keep NC Safe” Coalition comes while vocal national opposition to the law continues. CEOs are urging Gov. Pat McCrory and legislators to repeal it and Bruce Springsteen canceled his Greensboro concert Sunday because of it.

Scheduled rally speakers include the Benham Brothers, Christian author Frank Turek, and Pentecostal minister Bishop Harry Jackson.

Law supporters say it protects women and children from men who use the law as a pretense to deliberately enter the wrong restroom. The law also limits other anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

When opponents of HB2 heard about Monday’s rally, they scheduled one of their own to be held across the street at the same time.

Both of these groups have held rallies before and have had large numbers of people turnout.

Last week, the Capitol, the governor’s mansion, downtown Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Charlotte were all the sites of rallies for and against HB2.

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