Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against a new bill that restricts gay rights, and bathroom access for transgender people in public buildings. An equal number of anti-LGBT supporters gathered in North Carolina’s capital city Raleigh to take part in the rally.
Over 50 protestors were arrested when they refused to leave the legislative building at the time of closing on Monday night.
The Republican leaders have decided to let their new discrimination law remain the same, which roughly bans access for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to state courts for employment discrimination. The LGBT community has also been asked to use public toilets according to their gender at birth. Besides, the bill prevents local municipalities from passing their own LGBT anti-discrimination regulations.
However, hundreds of conservatives have rallied to show their support for the law, known as House Bill 2 and praised the leaders for passing the restrictions on gay rights.
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