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Lawmakers consider coming back for bathroom ordinance

Posted March 19
Updated March 20

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— Leaders of the state House expect to return to Raleigh this week to respond to Charlotte's transgender nondiscrimination ordinance.

Last month, the Charlotte City Council approved a measure that would prohibit businesses in the Queen City from discrimination against customers based on their sexual preference or identity. The most controversial part of the law allows for those who are transgender to use public bathrooms based on the gender with which they identify.

Social conservatives, echoing arguments that scuttled a similar proposal in Houston, Texas, warn that predatory men would use the law's protections to enter women's bathrooms.

Since the decision, groups who oppose the law have asked the state to override it. It appears lawmakers are poised to consider that request as soon as Wednesday.

Sources told WRAL News on Saturday that they're considering a proposal that would ban local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances or living wage ordinances that exceed state law.

House Speaker Tim Moore has said, should the House convene, he has the votes to overturn Charlotte's move. On Feb. 25, he emailed members asking if they would be willing to return to Raleigh for a special session to address Charlotte's ordinance.

"While special sessions are costly, we cannot put a price tag on the safety of women and children," Moore wrote to members.

It costs about $42,000 per day to operate the state legislature during a special session.

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  • Mary Meadows Mar 21, 2016
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    You are really reaching and putting words in my mouth. I am not putting words in your mouth, extend me the same courtesy. I didn't say build separate bathrooms for them nor did I say to convene a special session. Let them use the bathroom of the sex that their bodies reflect. It would be easy for sex offenders to say they are transnto use the opportunity to exploit. And my children nor myself are comfortable with a member of the opposite sex using the bathroom at the same time. The only solution I can think of if they insist on using opposite sex bathroom is to have some type of medical card showing they indeed are dealing with this issue and the. Have the ability to have the bathroom temporarily closed much like it is when it is being cleaned. That is not perfect but it is better then nothing.

  • Raleigh Rose Mar 21, 2016
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    Don't we have bigger problems than flipping out over where someone tinkles? Odds are, you've already used the bathroom with someone trans and you didn't know it. And guess what? It didn't affect you one way or another. Chill out people.

  • Bryan Jeffries Mar 21, 2016
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    People are really uptight about things that really don't pertain to them. Chances are you've taken a dump or a whiz next to trans without knowing it. Chill out, folks.

  • Kyle Clarkson Mar 21, 2016
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    "but I'm not willing for my children to be exposed to this."

    exposed to what? Transgender people are not trying to expose themselves to children. Those people are called pedophiles, and are subject to disorderly conduct, trespassing, harassment, or peeping laws.

    "I can tell you that if I find any man in the restroom with my daughter, he and I would have a meeting of the minds, and maybe the fists as I remove him from the ladies restroom."

    and so what if your daughter comes into my men's bathroom? Do I have the right to accost her?

  • Cathe Evans Mar 21, 2016
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    I'm curious.... Who will be posted at the bathroom doors checking between patron's legs prior to them doing their business?

  • Sam Nada Mar 20, 2016
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    In the poll published with the article only 36% said the ordinance should be overridden by the State. So, where is your imagined majority? Should we have maintained separate bathrooms, water fountains and swimming pools by race when the civil rights laws were passed because in many places the white majority was uncomfortable? It is an opportunity to help your child understand the larger truth of gender identity than the false and arbitrary limits of only male and female.

  • Mary Meadows Mar 20, 2016
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    Andy

    You aren't alone. And he was trying to put words in your mouth. One can be sympathetic with another's position and have empathy for them but it doesn't change your own personal feelings/beliefs. I thought your post was spot on and frankly I don't care what anyone else thinks about the way I feel. After all - it is my opinion.

  • Mary Meadows Mar 20, 2016
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    When does the discomfort of a few override the discomfort of many? What about my child being uncomfortable being in a public restroom with a person of another sex?

  • Sam Nada Mar 20, 2016
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    Yes, you're comments are hypocritical. You said you support the LGBT community, but then you say you would resort to violence if you found the wrong kind of person merely in the presence of your child. And you pretend that's not fear, or prejudice, or bigotry? You're self-deluded, and you are exactly the kind of person the law was designed to protect innocent people from. You also try to justify your position by suggesting only the majority's rights need protecting. It's an absurd position. Finally you resort to Trump-like 3rd grade name calling. You've embarrassed yourself, and in the end your views won't prevail. Equality, tolerance and justice will be the winner.

  • Duane Putnam Mar 20, 2016
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    DISGRACEFUL!!!! An absolute waste of taxpayer money. If you moronic idiotic lawmakers in the Statehouse want to conduct such completely partisan political dealings, do it on your own dime!

    Work on something important such as the economy, jobs, education, crime, or transportation, not this foolishness. This is not why you were elected! God sure as Hell did not put you there. Every one of you should resign. SHAME! SHAME!! SHAME!!

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