"Let us pee, let us pee, let us pee, let us pee," sang protestors to the tune of "Let it Be" by the Beatles, outside of the North Carolina governor's executive mansion in Raleigh on Saturday.
More than 200 North Carolinians marched to the mansion holding signs that read "Y'all means all," and "Bigotry is a bad business model." The crowd gathered in front of the home to serenade governor Pat McCrory with "let us pee," in protest of the passage of House Bill 2, reports The News and Record.
The controversial anti-LGBT law that passed last month in a single, 12-hour-long special legislative session, voids all local anti-discrimination ordinances in the state. It also requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding with their sex assigned at birth.
After passing the law, state leaders including governor Pat McCrory and the state's attorney general Roy Cooper have been challenged by a lawsuit on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, Equality North Carolina and two transgender men and a lesbian law professor. Cooper has refused to defend the law, but McCrory has dug his heels in, appearing prominently on a pro-HB 2 website, launched by the state's Republican Senatorial Committee.
Evan Miracle, a protestor at the Saturday rally outside the governor's home, said he felt it was meaningful to stand up against the law as an example for children in the state. "It's important especially with young children you know we teach them not to hate other people," Miracle told WNCN. "I feel like this law is specifically targeting people with that emotion of hate."
Shawn Deena, another protestor at the rally, told the station he was there because he thought the law was unfair. "It gives other people the right to make decisions based on just what they think or what they believe and I don't think that's right," he said. "I could basically say to you I don't want to serve you because you look gay."
This most recent protest was one of many that have erupted across the state following the passing of the controversial legislation. One recent protest in Chapel Hill drew nearly 1,000 people and blocked a street for several hours, according to local media reports.
Another protest immediately after the passage of the law lead to the arrest of several people also gathered outside the governor's mansion.
Watch protestors sing and explain why they've decided to come out against HB 2 below.