Foes of Charlotte gender ordinance call for special session
TOM FOREMAN Jr.
Mar. 18, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Opponents of Charlotte's new non-discrimination ordinance are urging North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special legislative session to overturn it, saying they worry the law would force males and females to share public restrooms.
About two dozen people gathered Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Complex plaza to urge McCrory to call the special session before the ordinance takes effect April 1. The ordinance says transgender people can use the restroom of their gender identity.
Thomas Dellinger, who said he's a businessman and a father of two, said his family's safety is in jeopardy and his businesses will face financial burdens because of the ordinance.
The ordinance aims to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression at hotels, restaurants and other public accommodations.