CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory’s office confirmed Friday afternoon that if the Charlotte City Council repeals its non-discrimination ordinance, he would call a special session to consider repealing House Bill 2.
The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association called on lawmakers to work together to find a resolution to House Bill 2 quickly. The association said the unintended consequences of both pieces of legislature have taken a considerable toll on North Carolina as a whole. In a statement, the NCRLA said the following:
The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association calls on Charlotte City Council to repeal ordinance #7056 immediately, on Governor McCrory to convene a special session of the NC General Assembly, and on the NC House and Senate to repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety.
We believe these actions are necessary as many complex issues have arisen since the passage of the Charlotte City Ordinance #7056 and House Bill 2; we also believe all elements of the debateshouldbecarefully, thoroughly, and deliberately considered and evaluated through the immediate formation of a study commission.
The City of Charlotte released a response to the NCRLA Friday afternoon.
"The city has received a statement from the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) and is taking it under advisement at this time. We are in the process of evaluating any potential next steps."
Josh Ellis, Director of Communications for Pat McCrory issued a statement in regard to the Governor’s stance on Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance and the state legislation that was passed in response.
“For the last nine months, the governor has consistently said state legislation is only needed if the Charlotte ordinance remains in place. If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate, the governor will call a special session. It is the governor’s understanding that legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor agree with that assessment. “
The Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Moore, made a statement Saturday on the Charlotte City Council saying, "The legislature and governor did not create this controversy - the Mayor and City Council of Charlotte did."
"If the Charlotte City Council and Mayor fully and unconditionally repeal their ordinance then I believe we have something to discuss," Moore said. He concluded his statement saying, "As for the House of Representatives, any specifics to be done would be subject do discussions and a decision of the caucus. I applaud the Governor in his continued efforts to promote the economic growth of our state while ensuring basic privacy and safety protections of citizens in bathrooms, showers and changing facilities."
The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against HB2 days after it was passed. The two groups released a statement in response to McCrory's update urging the Charlotte City Council to, "stand firm on its commitment to protecting the LGBT community from discrimination by leaving its ordinance intact."
On Thursday, the ACC announced it would be pulling all of its neutral-site championship events, including the ACC Championship football game, which was scheduled to take place in Charlotte in December. Other relocated events include the ACC men's & women's basketball tournaments, baseball tournament, and women's soccer tournament.
The ACC's decision followed an announcement from the NCAA, which said it would relocate seven championship events from North Carolina to other states based on the organization's commitment to an "inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans."