CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several days after legislatures and Gov. Pat McCrory announced it could soon repeal House Bill 2 if Charlotte dropped its non-discrimination ordinance, the city’s mayor announced Monday the city council would not discuss the law at its regular meeting tonight.
“The City of Charlotte continues its commitment to be a welcoming community that honors and respects all people,” Roberts said in a statement, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We appreciate the state wanting to find a solution to the challenges we are facing and applaud the governor for recognizing the state should overturn HB2, which the state can do at any time without any action from the City of Charlotte.”
HB2 was prompted by Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance, which would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice at places of “public accommodation.”
The North Carolina law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March but is still commonly referred to as House Bill 2, nullified local government ordinances establishing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But it gained widespread attention for its stipulation requiring people in publicly owned buildings to use restrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate.
— John Arwood (@johnarwood) September 19, 2016