Protesters schedule rally mourning Orlando shooting victims


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Opponents of North Carolina’s law preventing local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections and directing which bathrooms transgender people can use are reuniting to honor victims of the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 49 people.

The Forward Together movement led by the state NAACP scheduled a vigil “against hate and discrimination” late Monday at the Legislative Building.

Participants will mourn the shooting victims and discuss opposition to the state’s LGBT law and new voter identification requirements.

The movement’s two previous rallies in April and May ended with arrests of protesters who authorities say refused to leave the building or offices of General Assembly leaders after hours.

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