Charlotte’s mayor stands up to GOP, is cheered

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts got a loud ovation when she walked into the city council chambers for Monday night’s zoning meeting. Supporters are pleased with her response to Republican calls to repeal the city’s ordinance that would enable LGBT people to seek protection from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and restrooms.

Some are holding signs calling for the repeal of North Carolina’s HB2, which has kept the ordinance from taking effect and forbid any other local government from passing similar rules.

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Roberts, a Democrat, was cheered again when she was introduced along with the rest of the council, and then again when she announced that she and the council would not discuss repealing the ordinance at the zoning meeting. She thanked supporters for turning out, but said they would not have an opportunity to speak.

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