McCrory: Charlotte must act before repeal talk

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s office says prospects for repealing a law addressing LGBT non-discrimination rules and which restrooms transgender people can use begin once Charlotte leaders do away with a city ordinance that led to the law.

The law known as House Bill 2 has led to national criticism from gay-rights groups, corporate CEOs and entertainers. The law was approved weeks after the Charlotte City Council expanded public accommodation protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

Some Republicans called for repeal this week after the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference removed championship events from the state.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said Friday the governor would call a special session only if the ordinance is gone and a majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate support repeal.

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