Locals protest after McCrory signs House Bill 2 into law

The Campaign for Southern Equality rallies in downtown Asheville on Thursday in protest of House Bill 2. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Campaign for Southern Equality rallied in downtown Asheville on Thursday in protest of House Bill 2.

They gathered at Vance Monument one day after Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law.

McCrory's office confirmed he signed the law late Wednesday night, hours after the legislature finalized the bill in a one-day work session.

Students at Warren Wilson College also headed to Raleigh to protest the bill.

They said they took the four hour trip to the capital to make their voices heard.

"These people that the Republicans are trying to demonize, they are people I sit in class with, they are my friends," Jacob Ratcliff, a freshman at Warren Wilson, said.

They boarded vans headed for the capital just after noon on Thursday.

The new law overrides Charlotte's controversial transgender bathroom ordinance that was passed in February.

State law now says you must use the bathroom that matches the gender on your birth certificate, rather than the gender you identify with.

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