After hours of emotional debate, the Charlotte City Council voted Monday evening against an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.
Hundreds packed the council chamber and more than 120 people signing up to have their say.
The policy would have added marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity to the list of protected characteristics in the City’s non-discrimination ordinances.
Opponents quoted scripture, described the proposal as “wicked” and “evil”, and questioned the safety of their families if a transgender person were allowed access to the public bathroom of their choosing.
Supporters of the non-discrimination proposal argued that 17 states and more than 200 municipalities have passed similar policies.
Council members removed the bathroom provision before their final vote, but that measure failed 6-5.
Click below to watch a 3-minute clip of the heated debate, which lasted more than five hours in the standing-room only council chambers.
Read the original ordinance here.