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The News & Observer via AP, Jill Knight
Rajiv Soni, left, and Amara Perez, right, clap and shout as a car driving by honks during a protest against House Bill 2 Thursday, March 24, 2016 outside of the Governor's Mansion on North Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Corporations have expressed disappointment and the NCAA has vowed to watch what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

American Airlines, IBM, Biogen and PayPal were among major employers condemning the new law Thursday.

The legislature called a special session Wednesday to void a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to legally use restrooms aligned with their gender identity, and would have provided broad protections against discrimination in public accommodations in the state's largest city.

About 200 protesters blocked a downtown Raleigh street in front of the state's Executive Mansion Thursday evening, and about 400 people at a Raleigh church vowed to fight on when the General Assembly reconvenes next month.