GREENSBORO, N.C. — More than 700 hundred people filled the College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro Sunday for a rally against House Bill Two.
The event was organized by a group of interfaith leaders.
“One of the things that Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common is the idea that each human being is created in God’s image,” said Rabbi Fred Gutman of Temple Emanuel of Greensboro. “And anything that is discriminatory comes to say the image of God in you is less than it is in me.”
House Bill Two states that transgender people, in government-owned buildings, are required to use the bathroom that aligns with the sex listed on their birth certificates. But North Carolina Justice Center lawyer Jason Pikler says it includes much more.
“Taking away our ability to sue employers for discrimination in the workplace, to sue businesses who refuse service based on our sexual orientation or even on the color of our skin,” Pikler said.
Dr. Ronnie Baity, pastor at The Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, said he disagrees with the leaders who organized the rally. He supports House Bill Two.
“A large percentage of the people in this state are grateful for the actions of our legislature and our governor,” Baity said. “This bill gives protection to people in North Carolina, as we have for centuries in our country. And for people to come out on the other side of this is deranged thinking.”
Callie Schmid, a transgender woman from Jamestown, said the law is a disgrace.
“It’s an assault on my dignity as a woman and as a human being,” she said. “I can tell everybody that you have probably used your bathroom — your precious bathroom — with a trans woman or trans man before and you didn’t even know.”