- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A coalition of groups plan a series of town hall meetings across North Carolina to galvanize opposition to the state’s new law on transgender rights.

The group TurnOUT! North Carolina holds the first of its meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday at Le Meridien in Uptown Charlotte. Among those scheduled to speak is Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

North Carolina’s recently passed measure prevents local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people in the private sector or at stores and restaurants. It was approved after Charlotte City Council adopted an ordinance allowing transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

On Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order that he says expands the equal employment policy for state employees to include sexual orientation and gender.

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