TRYON, NC (WSPA) – A billboard that was put in place near Tryon – in response to North Carolina’s HB2 law – was defaced and has now been removed.
The sign which read “Welcome to North Carolina. Due to our stance on LGBT rights, please set your clock back 100 years.” The words “Be not deceived. God is not mocked” were written in black spray paint at the bottom of the billboard.
The sign had been up for more than a week at Skyuka Road and Highway 108 in Polk County.
The new law in North Carolina limits LGBT rights and the use of restrooms by transgender people in public places.
Planting Peace is responsible for the billboard.
The President of Planting Peace, Aaron Jackson sent 7News a statement regarding the defacing of their billboard:
Acts like this are exactly the reason Planting Peace has and will continue to stand up to to those who aim to bully the LGBT community, using religion as their shield to practice hate. To be clear, our issue is not with religion, but with those who use it and twist it to further their own agenda. Transgender people are 6 times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts. Since the passing of HB2, calls to suicide hotlines for the trans community have nearly doubled. We should be putting our energy into bringing this number down to zero, not passing anti-LGBT laws and defacing billboards.
Our coverage partners at The Hendersonville Times-News reports the billboard was to be in place for one month.
A portion of a story by the Associated Press was used in this report.