Approximately 10 students stood near the steps of Wilson Library and formed a caution-tape heart around a body bag.
Sophomore Christian Haig organized the protest and said it was part of a project for his sculpture class.
“The point was to just let people know that institutionalized homophobia doesn’t end in North Carolina with same-sex marriage’s legalization and to show that this policy is actually doing a lot of harm,” Haig said.
Although they remained silent for most of the protest, Haig and his group answered questions when people stopped and engaged with them.
“At least part of the reason as to why people were so curious is that we covered ourselves in caution tape with red scarves around our faces,” he said.
Keenan Brown, a sophomore French and dramatic arts major who was part of the protest, said most people who asked them about it had no idea the policies existed.
“This isn’t something people know about,” he said. “When I tell people about this legislation they don’t believe me.”
Brown has Type O negative blood, a universal donor. He has known people who have died because they couldn’t get blood transfusions.