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Will legislative leaders call a special session to overturn the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance?

It’s beginning to look like state leaders may actually be headed down the road toward calling a special session of the General Assembly in coming weeks to deal with that most vital of state issues: the “need” to make sure transgender people can’t use the bathroom that matches their actual human identity. AP’s Gary Robertson reports:

“There’s apparently enough support in the North Carolina House to reconvene early this year to consider striking down a Charlotte city ordinance that ensures transgender people can use the restroom of their gender identity.

House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he had received requests from more than three-fifths of the chamber’s 120 members to hold a special session. He started polling fellow House Republicans last week, soon after Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance was passed.

The next regular work session is April 25, but Charlotte’s ordinance takes effect April 1.

Thirty senators also would have to ask for the special session. Senate leader Phil Berger says returning early to Raleigh is an option but told reporters he doesn’t know if there are enough senators who want to do that.”

If lawmakers actually head down this road it should be quite a spectacle. Just think of the fabulous national and global publicity such a session will bring the state as media outlets from around the nation and the globe converge on Raleigh to record all the amazing soundbites of intolerance and ignorance that will grace the floors of the House and Senate.

Maybe the lawmakers can even arrange for a GOP presidential debate to take place here while they’re at it and the media are in town. It might be the one time such a debate would actually raise the quality of the political discourse.

To learn more about the absurd and misguided reaction to the Charlotte ordinance, be sure to read this essay by women’s advocate Tara Romano.

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