Fallout over House Bill 2 reaches local businesses

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Fallout over North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 continues.

Last week, the General Assembly passed a bill striking down Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance. It would’ve allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Monday, the ACLU is expected to announce a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s new law, which requires public schools, colleges and government agencies to designate bathrooms for people based on their biological sex.

There’s been reaction across the country, along with protests throughout the state and locally.

The first local rally against House Bill 2 happened in Greenville over the weekend, where there was mixed reaction.

“It makes me feel not welcome in this state. It makes my friends not feel welcome,” said LGBT advocate Carson Rhodes.

“It’s not about discrimination. It’s something that had to be done,” said Lennie Peterson, who supports HB2.

Some businesses are speaking out against the bill, too. On its Instagram, Sup Dogs shared a sign posted in the restaurant.

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It’s not yet clear whether the sign is posted at its Greenville or Chapel Hill location.

More protests against the bill are expected across the area, including one happening Wednesday night at ECU.

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