Rallies for, against House Bill 2 set on session’s first day

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators returning for their annual work session will hear loud and clear from supporters and opponents of a law they approved last month addressing bathroom use by transgender people and limiting government protections for LGBT citizens.

Christian conservatives and other backers of the law known as House Bill 2 scheduled a midday rally Monday — the first day of the session — near the Legislative Building in Raleigh. Later civil rights groups led by the state NAACP will rally to oppose Republican policies like the law approved in a special session last month. They also plan a “mass sit-in” inside the Legislative Building.

Earlier Monday, representatives of gay-rights groups will present a petition to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office asking he seek the law’s repeal.