ECU students plan to rally and march against House Bill 2

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Fallout over North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 continues one week after Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law.

Businesses and people across the country are speaking out, and so are people in the East.

Wednesday night, ECU students will come together for a rally on campus and march from College Hill down to the Mall carrying signs to show their opposition to House Bill 2.

There’s been reaction across the country with a social media movement #WeAreNotThis. That’s a message many students are also trying to get out, using #ECUIsNotThis.

“The vast majority of our students realize this is bad legislation,” said ECU GLBT President Amy Bright. “But if we don’t come together and we don’t speak out, then the legislatures are just going to think ‘hey, we can pass anything we want, nobody’s going to say anything.’ So we have to come together, we have to be united, and we have to stand up and say enough is enough.”

They said by speaking out, their ultimate goal is to force state lawmakers to reconsider House Bill 2.

But other students 9 On Your Side spoke with, like Ajay Purswani, said many people are misinterpreting the legislation.

“This bill is not designed to disproportionately harm one group of individuals or the other, it’s actually there to ensure that everyone has the freedom to do what they deem is best. And that’s the beauty of this bill,” Purswani said.

Students will meet at the top of College Hill Wednesday night at 6 and rally at the Cupola at 6:30. It’s the second local rally seen so far against House Bill 2.

The law overturns a Charlotte city ordinance, which would’ve allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex with which they identify. Additionally, the law prevents local governments from enacting their own regulations to ban discrimination.

Supporters of the law said it’s to protect the privacy of women and children, while one civil rights group went so far as to call it the most sweeping anti-LGBT bill in the nation.

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