N Carolina Governor: Charlotte Must Act Before Repeal Talk

N Carolina governor Charlotte must act before repeal talk

The law was approved weeks after the Charlotte City Council expanded public accommodation protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

Republicans called a one-day special session in March to approve House Bill 2 after the Charlotte City Council approved its ordinance, which prohibits discrimination against the LGBT community.

It also bans transgender people from using gender-appropriate bathrooms, if the bathroom corresponds to anything other than their sex at birth.

National criticism from gay-rights groups, corporate CEOs and politicians led to the cancellations of events and lawsuits to overturn the law. The latest blow came from the Atlantic Coastal Conference, which relocated several NCAA championship games from the state, including the football title game that was scheduled to be played at Bank of America Stadium.

"Furthermore, Governor Pat McCrory has assured NCRLA that he is willing to call legislators into a special session next week for this goal if both the city and legislators have the votes for repeal", Minges continued.

Four large cracks have appeared in what had seemed to be a solid wall of opposition among Republican state legislators to the idea of repealing House Bill 2. "Resets us to the status quo as of January 2016", Tarte wrote on Facebook.

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"For the last nine months, the governor has consistently said state legislation is only needed if the Charlotte ordinance remains in place", McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis is quoted as saying.

The City of Charlotte released a response to the NCRLA Friday afternoon.

Dallas Woodhouse, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party, said Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts and Attorney General Roy Cooper are to blame. It also said the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce was an "anti-LGBT bully" for recommending that council make the first move and repeal the ordinance.

The NCAA and ACC withdrawal from events in North Carolina this week prompted a handful of Republican lawmakers who voted for the law to reverse course this week and call for a full or partial repeal.

Friday's filing explained that with both parties engaged in another similar legal action over the law, the plaintiffs felt it would be more efficient and cost-effective to drop McCrory v. The office of Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, didn't respond to an email.