City Council won't consider LGBT ordinance repeal at meeting

North Carolina voters respond to House Bill 2.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte City Council will not vote Monday night on a proposal to repeal the city's original anti-discrimination ordinance that led to the passage of House Bill 2, that nullified it.

That announcement came from Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who spoke at a press conference at the Government Center, held by Equality NC, a group advocating for LGBT rights.

Charlotte business leaders over the weekend proposed that the Council vote Monday night to repeal the ordinance in return for the legislature meeting later in the week to repeal HB2.

Roberts said she would not put the item on the agenda saying the Governor and legislature don't need Charlotte to act first.

"We applaud the Governor for recognizing the state needs to overturn HB2, which the state can do at any time without any action from the City of Charlotte," Roberts said.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is the Democratic nominee for Governor, echoed the Mayor's comments, saying in a statement, "It's time for the Governor to be a leader, not a follower."

State Senator Jeff Tarte from Cornelius was an early proponent of the idea for Charlotte to repeal its ordinance in return for the state repealing HB2.

He said he was "disappointed" no action would be taken Monday night but hoped it might be resurrected at a future meeting.

Tarte also said the finger pointing has to stop by both sides, saying there is enough blame to go around.

"From my perspective, the City of Charlotte started this and I understand where they were coming from but the legislature did our fair share, too. We piled on and added to it.

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in a statement said it was disappointed that the council has not acted  "...in response to the call for action from legislative leaders."

The Chamber statement goes on to specifically "...request that the North Carolina General Assembly move to repeal HB2 as quickly as possible."

Governor McCrory's office did not respond to a request for a comment.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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