RALEIGH -- Pastors from Hispanic communities across the state stood in support of HB2 Tuesday at the General Assembly.
"This is not about discrimination,” said Pastor Dan Rodriguez from Winston-Salem. "Let me say that first and foremost, we hear so much on the news about discrimination. It has nothing to do with that at all. HB2 has to do with common sense."
They condemned the shooting in Orlando, but said it doesn't change their stance on HB2.
"But God has established an order. We wish to stay in this order. Every time we break rules, you will have consequences," said Daniel Busquetts, a chaplain at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
Meanwhile, Action NC held a news conference of their own with a decidedly different agenda.
Activists pushed for legislative reform that they say will incorporate equality for the LGBT community, restore authority to local governments to raise the minimum wage and support women in the workplace.
Several lawmakers say in light of the terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the time is now to repeal HB2 and address the concerns with the LGBT community.
"Incidents in Orlando on Sunday sort of remind us of the hatred and bigotry that community has been feeling, and this would be the time to repeal that bill,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison of Guilford County.
""The fact that three days after 50 LGBT people were massacred in a hate crime, that Keep NC Safe thought it was OK to come here and lobby the North Carolina General Assembly to further discriminate and double down on the worst anti-LGBT bill in the nation's history is disgusting," said Rep. Chris Sgro of Guilford County.
Keep NC Safe says they are not discrimination, only standing for what they believe is right.
"We love you, but we also believe that the integrity, the dignity and the security of our children is not negotiable," Busquetts said.
Legislation to repeal HB2 is currently stalled in committee.