NC lawmakers return on Charlotte transgender act


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina legislature considering whether to attempt to override Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance.

Some lawmakers are upset the ordinance allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.

Legislative leaders announced Monday night the decision to reconvene a little over a week before the ordinance gets implemented April 1. They say three-fifths of the House and Senate members made the necessary written requests for the House speaker and lieutenant governor to call them back.

Social conservatives and many Republican lawmakers say Charlotte went too far with the ordinance. They say sexual predators will use it as pretense to enter women’s bathrooms.

Gay-rights groups want the ordinance preserved, saying it provides dignity and protection to transgender people often subject to intimidation.

5 p.m.

Religious leaders, private school educators and other social conservatives say North Carolina elected officials are running out of time to overturn Charlotte’s new non-discrimination ordinance, particularly on restroom use by transgender people.

About 100 people gathered Monday outside the old Capitol building, where Gov. Pat McCrory’s office is located. Speakers urged legislators to act before the city’s ordinance takes effect April 1. The law allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.

Legislative leaders are considering whether to hold a special session, probably for a bill that would address Charlotte’s ordinance. Tami Fitzgerald with the North Carolina Values Coalition says other cities will pass similar ordinances if Charlotte’s rules are not canceled.

Gay-rights groups want legislators to stay away from the ordinance.

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