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Charlotte mayor: We won’t repeal our LGBT nondiscrimination law

Charlotte mayor: We won’t repeal our LGBT nondiscrimination law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory have offered a deal to Charlotte: we’ll consider rescinding a state law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination protections, but you must first repeal the city ordinance that led to House Bill 2.

Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts’ response basically amounts to “no, you move first.”

In a statement Monday, she notes Republicans don’t need Charlotte to withdraw its local protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity before repealing the state law that has cost North Carolina major sporting events. Meanwhile, she said the city council won’t address the issue at its meeting Monday evening.

Before Charlotte’s ordinance could take effect last spring, Republicans held a special session to block all local governments from passing similar rules, and to limit bathroom options for transgender people.

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