CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In an emergency meeting held Wednesday morning, the Charlotte City Council voted in favor of a total repeal of the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
Council members voted 7-2 in favor of repealing the ordinance, which effectively takes the city back to February of 2016 before the non-discrimination ordinance was enacted. The meeting was called just hours before state lawmakers were scheduled to meet in Raleigh to discuss the possible repeal of the controversial House Bill 2.
The City of Charlotte released the following statement after the council's vote:
"Today, the Charlotte City Council took additional steps to ensure the repeal of HB2 would not be jeopardized in any way. They voted 7-2 to remove all aspects of the original ordinance that remained. The City Council acted in good faith to do everything that it understood was necessary to facilitate the repeal of HB2."
An attorney representing the Charlotte City Council said the action does not have a re-enactment date if the NC General Assembly chooses not to repeal House Bill 2. North Carolina Republican leaders said they would only consider a repeal if the ordinance was tossed out.
LaWana Mayfield was one of the two council members who voted against repealing the city's ordinance, saying she didn't have faith in the state's leadership.
"You cannot make an honorable deal with dishonorable people," Mayfield told NBC Charlotte.
The meeting was called by city leaders to clarify to the state action taken by Charlotte leaders regarding the city's ordinance, particularly the so-called "bathroom" portion of the bill. City leaders said they felt that was the only portion of the ordinance that was affected by HB2.
"They [NC General Assembly] said they needed clarification between Monday and today, so that is going to them right now," said Vi Lyles.
That clarification was sent hoping it would lead to a statewide repeal of the law that has been blamed for the loss of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, as well as the ACC football championship game that was moved to Orlando.
"I think the actions that we took this morning will help us build trust with the General Assembly," said council member Kenny Smith.
State officials are set to hold a Special Session at 10 a.m. in Raleigh that could lead to the repeal of the controversial law.