RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Opponents of North Carolina’s law limiting antidiscrimination protections for LGBT people have gathered to mourn 49 victims of the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub and condemn state policies they say are responsible for furthering bigotry.
The state NAACP held a vigil “against hate and discrimination” Monday in Raleigh on the Bicentennial Mall between the office of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Legislative Building.
Clergy and civil rights advocates called for the crowd of about 200 to unite against GOP-driven policies restricting LGBT protections and tightening voter identification requirements.
North Carolina has become the epicenter for national discussion on LGBT rights since it passed a law preventing local governments from creating anti-discrimination protections and directing which bathrooms transgender people can use.
The rally ended with doves being released to honor victims.