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HB2 update: Is Charlotte City Council planning to back down?

HB2Worrisome and perplexing news from the Queen City this morning: there are indications that the Charlotte City Council may take action tonight to “repeal” all or part of the human rights ordinance it adopted in March as some sort of olive branch to the state lawmakers behind HB2. The effort is being driven by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, which says that such an action would represent “an overture” to state lawmakers who might then modify the HB2 law. Here’s the Charlotte Observer:

“Under the proposal, the Charlotte City Council would remove the ordinance from its books, even though House Bill 2 nullified almost all of it. In return, the legislature would modify some of HB2, the controversial law that, along with other provisions, requires people in government facilities to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate.”

In response, equality advocates around the state and nation have derided the proposal as an absurd and destructive step. Advocates at Progress North Carolina distributed an action alert this morning that said the following:

“The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pressuring the Charlotte City Council to repeal their non-discrimination ordinance.

We’re hearing there could be a vote as early as tonight. Repealing the non-discrimination ordinance would send a terrible message to the LGBT community.

Here are two things you can do today to help Charlotte stand up to the bullies in Raleigh:

  1. Send a message to the Charlotte City Council and urge them to keep their non-discrimination ordinance and protect their stand for equality.
  2. Attend the City Council meeting tonight at 5PM at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center – 600E 4th Street. We need all the folks who are able to show up and make it clear that the community supports this ordinance and stands against HB 2.”

Stay tuned.

 

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