More than 100 people gather in Greensboro in support of HB2

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- More than 100 people gathered downtown Tuesday for a prayer vigil in support of House Bill 2.

Organizers say the goal was to pray for state leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory.

Attendees stood in small circles, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

"We need to support our state legislators when they're making tough decisions," said HB2 supporter Laura Piedad.

“There are a large number of people that do support biblical standards, common sense standards,” said HB2 supporter Alan Stockard.

The event was hosted by NC Values Coalition.

Many at the vigil said state leaders are standing up for the safety and protection of women and children through HB2.

The bill requires transgender individuals to use bathrooms according to the gender on their birth certificate.

"It's a cut and dry issue,” Stockard said. “It hopefully will end as it began. They're not making a change; they're just keeping things in order."

"We're not bigots and haters,” said Kathy Baucle, a supporter of the bill. “We have a right to voice our opinions like they have a right to voice their opinion."

Since the bill was passed in March, protests and rallies have been held throughout the state both for and against the controversial bill.

Many at the prayer vigil say they're still in support of the governor even after he made an executive order making changes to the bill.

The changes include preventing the state from discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

It will also reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.

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