Multiple protests in Asheville Saturday, supporting and opposing McCrory and HB2

Several members of the community gathered to create a prayer chain, showing solidarity with the governor and his recent decision. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Multiple groups were both protesting and supporting Governor Pat McCrory across Asheville today to coincide with the spring open house at the Governor's Western Residence.

At 8 a.m., Asheville-based LGBTQ group Tranzmission began to join with Black Lives Matter and JustEconomics of WNC to protest the governor's support of HB2, the controversial Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act passed by the NC legislature in late March.


"We're a people united to changing the circumstances that plague us all here in North Carolina," said Delores Venavle of Black Lives Matter.

She and several other organizations partnered to show Gov. McCrory their opposition to House Bill 2, North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.

"We cannot afford to lose billions of dollars in tax money because are saying things about a bathroom that does not exist," she said.

The groups joined with another protest by NC Power Forward, which was staging its own protest of Governor McCrory based on what they say are his close ties with Duke Energy. McCrory is a former long-time employee of Duke Energy.

On the opposing side, several members of the community gathered to create a prayer chain, showing solidarity with the governor and his recent decision.

"God, I pray that you would give those that are on the right side the courage and the boldness to stand for what is right," said one participant.

"We thank you Father for our leaders and the stand that they have taken, and we declare that righteousness is sweeping North Carolina," said another.

While the battle on the ground continues, the legal battle over House Bill 2 moves to the courts as the justice department and Gov. McCrory have filed dueling lawsuits.

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