Fifty-four demonstrators were arrested
Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina protesting a state law that targets
the LGBT community.
The protesters interrupted House
lawmakers as they returned to work.
“No business but the people's
business in our house! Repeal House Bill 2!” they demanded.
Earlier in the day, the coalition group
TurnOUT! NC delivered nearly 190,000 signatures calling for repeal of
House Bill 2, which prohibits cities and towns from enacting measures
that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity and bars students attending public institutions and state
workers from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender
Republican leaders, including
Governor Pat McCrory, have defended the law.
House Speaker Tim Moore told ABC
affiliate WTVD that he's prepared to stand firm.
“We're not going to do a repeal of
House Bill 2. It makes common sense. There may be some minor
tweaks,” he said.
On Monday, Moore joined a rally outside
the legislative building in support of House Bill 2. ABC 11
estimated the crowd at more than a thousand supporters.