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Rally set for supporters of law addressing bathrooms, bias

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Religious leaders, media personalities and others are gathering in North Carolina’s capital to reaffirm support for a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity.

Monday’s rally by the “Keep NC Safe” Coalition on the old Capitol grounds in Raleigh comes while vocal national opposition to the law continues. Business executives are urging Gov. Pat McCrory and legislators to repeal the law, Bruce Springsteen canceled his Greensboro concert Sunday because of the law.

Scheduled speakers include the Benham Brothers, Christian author Frank Turek, and Pentecostal minister Bishop Harry Jackson.

Supporters say the law protects women and children from men who use the law as a pretense to enter the wrong restroom. The law also limits other anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

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