Video below. From Raleigh’s CBS affiliate:
Hundreds of people against and for House Bill 2 will descend on downtown Raleigh to make their voices heard as the General Assembly begins a new session Monday. When lawmakers file into the legislative building they’ll be met with plenty of opposition, but they won’t have to look far to find support.
“We’re expecting the number of attendees to be in the thousands. We know that there are churches from all over the state bringing in people by the bus loads to stand up,” said Dave Goetze, an HB 2 Supporter.
Goetze is helping the group, Return America, organize a rally to show support for lawmakers. They’ll camp out on the Halifax Mall behind the legislative building, and will host 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,” said Goetz. On the other side of the street, the NAACP is starting its Moral Monday protests of the law at 9:30 a.m.
“This bill is an anti-living wage bill. 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,” said NC NAACP Pres., Rev. William Barber.
Today’s protests will be live-streamed here.