• Source: City of Charlotte
  • Breaking: Charlotte Passes Historic Nondiscrimination Ordinance

    The Charlotte City Council just passed a historic non discrimination ordinance – governor threatens "immediate action." 

    After more than three hours of contentious debate and input by more than 140 speakers, the Charlotte, North Carolina city council passed an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance by a 7-4 vote. Newly elected Democratic Mayor Jennifer Roberts (photo) was able to successfully usher in the ordinance despite the best efforts of organized right wing religious activists, including Franklin Graham, who calls Charlotte his home town.

    “With this vote, North Carolina’s largest city has affirmed that all people deserve to be treated fairly and protected by the law,” Sarah Preston, the ACLU of North Carolina's acting Executive Director said. “When a business decides to open its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone on the same terms. We applaud Charlotte’s council members for making their city more safe, welcoming, and inclusive, and we urge municipal leaders across the state to follow their example. Charlotte has full authority to enact this ordinance, and we hope the General Assembly will respect this local government’s decision to protect its residents and visitors from discrimination.”

    “Are we a city that panders to fear and hate to those who wish to perpeuate fear and injustice?” Democrat Al Austin, who voted in favor of the ordinance, asked. “I say to you, ‘Not on my watch.’ ”

    The Charlotte Business Journal notes the legislation "adds marital status, family status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the existing non-discrimination rules affecting restaurants, hotels, taxis and other businesses and public areas."

    GOP Gov. Pat McCrory Monday morning threatened the state legislature would take "immediate" action should lawmakers pass the LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance. The Charlotte Observer reports the state legislature, which convene in May, "could nullify the entire ordinance as it pertains to gay, lesbian and transgender residents. That would include the bathroom provision, but also protections in places of public accommodation."

    Thanks to journalist Matt Comer for the video.

    This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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    • commented 2016-02-23 23:21:49 -0500
      @gregburdulis, Did it ever occur to yoy that you might br wrong Surgeons, medical doctors, psychologists and psychologists all have very different from yours. Transgenders certainly have a different view. Their supporters fmaily ans friends certainly don’t share your views. THE DSM V indicates that there maynot be dysphoria between a patients gender frrlings. i.e. no real disease. This shift reflects recognition that the disagreement between birth gender and identity may not necessarily be pathological if it does not cause the individual distress, said Robin Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist and co-author of the psychology textbook “Abnormal Psychology” (Worth P
      Insuarnce companies are beginnin to cover sex-change surgeries – believe me, they wouldn/ if there werent aa medicel need for them This shift reflects recognition that the disagreement between birth gender and identity may not necessarily be pathological if it does not cause the individual distress, said Robin Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist and co-author of the psychology textbook “Abnormal Psychology” (Worth P

      Perhaps you and your cronies are the ones with the we\rong position.

    • commented 2016-02-23 22:11:19 -0500
      People who are bigots will neverr ‘get it’. They twist science facts and contort biology, sexuality and “nature” tenets to suit their hateful whims and try to pass them off as “facts”. I scoff at these un-degreed sycophants of the hateful Right and their lame attempts at convincing others of thingss that we LGBT folk know to be true- that only sexual orientation is innate and determined before birth while gender identity iss the product of free sexual expression within the confiness of law and that nature often makes errors (mutations). Keep your sick meddling minds out of other people’s pants is what I say to them and tend your own affairs before someone begins to question your claim on your fragile masculinity and sexuality.

    • commented 2016-02-23 11:09:22 -0500
      Society has gone completely insane.

      One of the hallmarks of mental health is to accept the circumstances in life that cannot change, which is why a man who claims to be Napoleon is deemed mentally unstable. One of the goals of any psychiatrist would be to guide that would-be Napoleon to accept the fact that he is not Napoleon. Sexual identity is fixed at birth: a person who is born biologically as a male or female — with the rare exception of those born with sex chromosome disorders — is male or female, and always will be, regardless of his or her so-called “gender identity”. Any “sex change” operation, no matter how skillful or elaborate, does not change that fact, a fact that is evident in every one of the trillions of cells in the transsexual’s body, which will still show as being XX (female) or XY (male) under a microscope.

      A “transsexual” can never become what he or she wants to be, and any “doctor” who would maim people who want to “transition” to the opposite sex is no health care provider and should be stripped of his medical license and be put in prison for a long, long time.

      That more and more segments of society refer to transsexuals (those who have had “sex-change” operations, which are nothing more than expensive, elaborate, and permanent Halloween costumes) and transgenders (wannabes of the opposite sex who have a warped sense of their “gender identity”) as actually having become the opposite sex makes me feel like the little boy in the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and blows my mind! You can make a sign that says “Cow” and put it on a horse but, no matter what happens and no matter how many people believe the animal with the sign on it is a cow, it is still a horse. Society has gone completely mad! And wow, how fast it has! What an Alice in Wonderland world we now live in!

    • commented 2016-02-23 10:57:59 -0500
      Gerrymandering has obliterated “one person, One vote”!
      Remember – Politics is local.
      It is at the local and state level where the greatest influence and control is exerted!
      It is at the local and state level where real change must occur!
      If you are not registered and do not vote, or are denied your right to vote, you are voting for the opposition and allowing others to make your decisions for you!
      Act on it! – Get involved! – V.O.T.E.(Vote Out TEA Extremists!)

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