• Source: WSOC
  • Benham Brothers Headline Protest Calling For Special Legislative Session To Kill Charlotte NDO

    Anti-LGBT Activists and Lawmakers Want State to Spend $42,000 Per Day to Nullify Nondiscrimination Ordinance

    The Benham Brothers last week joined other anti-LGBT protestors calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to authorize a special session of the North Carolina legislature for one purpose: nullify a nondiscrimination ordinance lawfully passed by the Charlotte City Council.

    “We sure hope the governor and General Assembly will do what is right,” said David Benham Friday afternoon, surrounded by signs that called to keep kids and women safe.

    The ordinance will go into effect April 1. GOP House Speaker Tim Moore is willing to have taxpayers spend $42,000 per day for a special session to kill the NDO. It's unclear how lawmakers will circumvent the Charlotte ordinance, but it could easily take the shape of a law nullifying all local nondiscrimination ordinances that exceed any state laws. 

    WSOC reports the special session could be held this week. Gov. McCrory has called for action against the ordinance but does not want a special session.

    The most-contested portion of Charlotte's ordinance allows transgender people to use the restroom that most closely matches their gender identity. 

    Calling it "bizarro world," Benham inaccurately described cases in which Christian business owners had discriminated against LGBT people, and falsely claimed bills like Charlotte's are designed to "target" people of faith, like him, and their businesses.

    "Mark our words, if this goes through, my company and others will be targeted."


    Image: Screenshot via WSOC

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    • commented 2016-03-21 15:18:53 -0400
      So, when people stand up for their rights it is an attack on faith? What is called when they attack us, justice? These people are delusional and horrible sign makers. We have and will always be attacked by Christians. They are going to destroy us all one group at a time.

    • commented 2016-03-21 14:15:20 -0400
      Do we really need a Potty Police Law that would enable creepy old heterosexuals to fondle children before they enter bathrooms and locker rooms? How else will they enforce it unless they check everyone’’s genitals? Tell NC, No Potty Police Law!

    • commented 2016-03-21 10:29:12 -0400
      It’s hard to fathom the level of bigotry required to propel people to request a legislative special session to nullify a law that prevents them from legally discriminating against others (not to mention the mental gymnastics needed to pretend they are the ones sitting on a moral high ground while doing so).

    • commented 2016-03-21 10:28:18 -0400
      So never mind helping the homeless or feeding the hungry, instead let’s have the religious reich tell the state to spend $42,000 a day of taxpayer money to nullify the non-discrimination ordinance.. WWJD—Who would jesus destroy?

    • commented 2016-03-21 10:07:39 -0400
      Who are the "Benham Brothers " ? Never heard of them before this article , should I care ?

    • commented 2016-03-21 09:35:18 -0400
      A few points..
      1. Trans people are already using the bathroom of their choice and will continue unless someone is checking.
      2. The amount of the fine he is talking is a lie. No one so far has had to pay 100,000.00+ dollars for a fine. The bathroom crime he spoke about never happened either. It is still illegal for anyone to harass, abuse or attack people in a public restroom. A str8 man can NOT just put on womens clothes and go attacking little girls in the womens room.
      3. No one is going to ‘target’ a business. If the door is open to the public, the business must treat and serve everyone who enters as equals and serve them. The only businesses that will suffer are those who choose to break the law.

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