Wilmington residents react to new NC law

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurtful, harmful and hateful are just a few words Cape Fear Equality Chair Ryan Burris describes House Bill 2.

The bill, which was passed Wednesday which is designed to keep local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules.

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“It’s more than just a bathroom issue, this could hurt North Carolina in a multitude of ways,” Burris said.

The bill overturns a Charlotte decision to allow transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their identity. Wilmington resident Shaun Mitchell said it’s not fair.

“I mean, it should be judged by who they are transitioning into,” Mitchell said.

Others, like Anne Kinley, voiced concern for how fast the bill was signed. Lawmakers finalized the bill in a one-day work session.

“I was just shocked about how quick they could move that through a floor and Senate and all these things that take months to do,” Kinley said, adding that it feels like the state is moving back to the 1960s.

Burris said the bill is a waste of time and taxpayer’s money and he will not stop fighting it.

“As an LGBTQ activist, I will always fight,” Burris said. “The fight is a never-ending struggle for equality for all minorities that are out there.”