HB2 opponents plan New Hanover school board protest

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Hundreds pack Wilmington City Council chambers in opposition of House Bill 2 (photo: WWAY/Helen Holt)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — When Ed Adams arrives at Tuesday’s New Hanover County Board of Education meeting, he will have a strip of duct tape over his mouth. But when the public comment section opens and he can talk about House Bill 2, he won’t stay silent.

Since March, when Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law that requires people to use public restrooms that correspond to their birth certificate sex, LGBT activists have been pushing local governments to reject it. After the Wilmington City Council passed an ordinance opposing HB2 April 19, activists turned their attention to the New Hanover County Schools Board of Education. But as HB2 nears four months on the books, the school board seems unlikely to tackle the thorny issue.

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“At our last meeting there were … several individuals that spoke — I guess you could label it in opposition to HB2,” board chairman Don Hayes said. “The only thing we said is that we’re going to obey state law.”

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