Anti-HB2 billboard causes controversy in Polk County

Anti-HB2 billboard causes controversy in Polk County (Photo credit: WLOS)

POLK COUNTY, N.C. -- An anti-House Bill 2 billboard is causing controversy in Polk County.

The billboard is located off N.C. Hwy. 108 outside the town of Lynn and reads, "Welcome to North Carolina. Due to our stance on LGBT rights please set your clock back 100 years."

The sign makes reference to HB2, which was signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory in March.

Under the law, transgender individuals are forced to use public bathrooms matching the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The group that put the billboard up is called Planting Peace and is based out of Topeka, Kan.

Planting Peace members gained international attention after purchasing a house across the street from the anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church and painting the house rainbow-colored.

A spokesperson for Planting Peace told News 13 members of the group paid for the billboard in Polk County, because it's close to the South Carolina border.

Republican South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright introduced a bill similar to HB2 last week.

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