This is from yesterday’s Charlotte Observer story on Saturday night’s Human Rights Campaign fundraiser in Charlotte:
“Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx personally welcomed those at the gala – a sign that things have changed since 2005, when then-Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican, refused to issue a welcoming letter for the gala in Charlotte that year.
During his remarks Saturday, Foxx also spoke out against the proposed constitutional amendment reaffirming North Carolina’s ban – already in state law – of same-sex marriage.
Saying he’d heard from gay and lesbian city workers and police officers who could not take bereavement time or care for their partners, Foxx told the crowd that ‘when I go into the ballot box in May … I’m going to be voting against Amendment 1.’
He said he was concerned that passage of the amendment would scare away from Charlotte – site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention – those businesses that want to attract talented gay and lesbian employees.
‘They … don’t want a ‘Not Wanted’ sign hung over their front (door),’ Foxx said.”