North Carolina extends legislative session to strike local pro-LGBTQ ordinances
The North Carolina legislature is extending their session to address one city which has taken steps to protect LGBTQ citizens.
At an estimated cost of $42,000 a day, elected officials are staying in the Capitol to undermind Charlotte’s recently passed non-discrimination ordinance which protect LGBTQs in the city from discrimination, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s list of protected classes. According to the Charlotte Observer, the rule, passed in February of this year by a 7-4 vote, applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants, taxis and stores.
“I am disappointed and saddened Charlotte city government initiated overreaching regulations that change basic standards and expectations of privacy regarding restrooms and locker rooms,” he said.
Virginia localities are unable to create such protections because it is a Dillon Rule state which means local governments can not grant any power not given to them by the higher state government. This has created tensions recently as local school boards were told they were allowed to add protections for LGBTQ students and teachers to their school policies by AG Mark Herring. This policy runs against earlier interpretations of the law from previous attorneys general, a point brought up by Virginia’s famed anti-LGBTQ Delegate Bob Marshall who failed to stop the policy expansion this passed GA session.
But the fight in North Carolina continues, at the cost of nearly $50,000 a day, to make sure local businesses can deny services to LGBTQ people, literally at any cost.
Top image via Equality NC
The North Carolina governor cited costs of litigation, noting that his state is also the defendant in a lawsuit filed against him by the Dept. of Justice on similar grounds.September 19, 2016
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