A South Carolina man has placed a sign in front of his business expressing support for North Carolina's House Bill 2, which was passed in March to ban transgender people in the state from using public restroom facilities designated for a gender that does not match their biological sex.
Ray Harrison, the owner of Carolina Carpet and Flooring in Easley, South Carolina, put up the controversial sign on March 31, WLOS reports.
The sign reads, "Common sense isn't so common know your gender." The message is followed by a reference to several scriptures in the Bible, Romans 3:9-18.
Harrison, who has strong conservative leanings, said that his stance in support of House Bill 2 stems from a desire to protect the public.
"This ain't about bashing anybody. It's not about discrimination or trying to hurt somebody else," Harrison told WLOS. "It's about preserving our own rights. If we don't get something done, not only are those rights going to be taken away, but first and second amendment rights are going to be next."
Harrison added that he wanted to personally thank Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina for signing the bill into law and hopes that other state governors follow in his footsteps.
"I've got daughters and granddaughters and my wife and we need to know who's going into those restrooms," he said.
The business owner said he has been known to broadcast his political opinions in front of his store.
"I actually supported Donald Trump and we had signs all in our yard here," Harrison said, adding that he is disappointed his neighbors haven't put up more campaign signs supporting their candidates of choice.
"I don't care who you support, you know, you should come out and support your candidate for whoever it is," he said.
He added that the local community has been mostly supportive of his sign.
"I've had absolutely no backlash," Harrison said. "I've had people stop by and thank me personally."
Harrison noted that the sign has run its course, and he plans to take it down on April 1.
North Carolina's House Bill 2, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, bans individuals in the state from using public bathrooms that do not match their biological sex, CNN reported in March. The bill also gave the state legislature power to override non-discrimination legislation passed at the local level.
The bill was introduced in response to a Charlotte, North Carolina, city bathroom ordinance that permitted transgender individuals to use the public facilities that corresponded to their gender identity rather than their biological sex.