Queen City Tells LGBT Community, “No Bathroom Bill in NC!”

PolitiChicks.comIn a very closely watched and heated City Council vote, the non-discrimination ordinance was voted down in a 6-5 decision. The failed ordinance would have paved the way for transgender persons to use the restroom they felt identified with their gender (known throughout the U.S. as the Bathroom Bill). It was this point that became the source of major disagreement.

Charlotte residents packed the inside of the City Council to voice their support or opposition of the ordinance. Conservatives and religious leaders were vocal in their concern that such an ordinance would endanger women and children. They also argued it would have been very damaging for restaurants or other businesses owned by individuals who have religious objections to serving the LGBT community. Business such as florist, bakers, or other wedding services.

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LGBT supporters of the ordinance vowed that they would work to replace the members on the City Council with individuals who will vote for the ordinance. One supporter had this to say about the measure failing.

“I’m disappointed, of course. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine that those who opposed it represent the aspirations or even the values of our city. Ultimately it’s going to pass. I know that the soul of our city will prevail.” –Robin Tanner, pastor of Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church.

It is unclear why Ms. Tanner cannot imagine that those who opposed it represent the values of the Queen City. Those value holders were out in full force and were extremely vocal in their opposition. Charlotte is part of the United States and is part of a Republic that uses the Democratic process. The council heard from constituents and voted according to the wishes of those they were elected to represent.

Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham and the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association shared his views on the vote. “The Charlotte City Council made the right decision. A big thank you to the council members who stood against this proposition. Charlotteans need to take note of those who supported and voted for this dangerous ordinance and make sure they are defeated in the next election.”

It would seem that the next election will determine what direction the soul of Charlotte is headed. Will Council members who voted against the ordinance be ousted by LGBT supporters or will the Christian Conservatives prevail and vote in additional conservatives? Once the election results are in, citizens of Charlotte will know with little doubt, where their city stands on the issue of nondiscrimination rules for LGBT.

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for SGPAction.com. Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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