On the eve of the Charlotte city council’s decision, the state’s Governor says he’ll block any LGBT rights protections.
On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will vote on whether or not to enact any LGBT rights protections into city law. The city joins other municipalities in the Deep South that have considered adding such protections.
While Houston, Texas voters elected to repeal their broad-reaching nondiscrimination law and Jacksonville, Florida’s city council recently withdrew an LGBT human rights ordinance, the elected members of Charlotte look poised to pass legislation.
However, that won’t settle the matter entirely.
North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory is warning that if protections pass the council then the vote will “most likely cause immediate state legislative intervention,” The Charlotte Observer reports.
The governor cited access to transgender individuals of public accommodations consistent with their gender — namely restrooms and locker rooms — as the reason for his opposition.
“It is not only the citizens of Charlotte that will be impacted by changing basic restroom and locker room norms but also citizens from across our state and nation who visit and work in Charlotte,” he said in an email to Republican members of the council, according to the publication.
“This shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy.”
The “bathroom predator myth” has been debunked by law enforcement agencies throughout the country but remains a major talking point among social conservatives.
The Observer reports that Charlotte’s ordinance would create protections based on public accommodations but not employment, meaning it would still be legal to fire someone based on gender identity or sexual orientation.