- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Conservative Christian activists are planning a rally near the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in support of a new state law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex and bans state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination.

Activists say they’re organizing a prayer vigil Saturday morning at Jacksonville City Hall in support of the law. Backers have held prayer vigils in Raleigh, Fayetteville, New Bern and Greenville to voice support for the “bathroom bill” while the state comes under economic pressure from corporate CEOs to repeal it.

Spokesmen for the federal education, transportation and housing departments say they’re reviewing the state law to see if it violates federal non-discrimination laws.

Supporters are planning a rally outside the state capital in Raleigh on Monday.

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