Charlotte City Council Votes Down LGBT Protections 6-5

Charlotte City Council Votes Down LGBT Protections 6-5

The Charlotte City Council fell short last night in passing legislation that would have added sexual orientation and sexual identity to the city’s protected classes.

From the Charlotte Observer:

After a contentious meeting on Monday, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial ordinance it has considered in years, a nondiscrimination proposal that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories.

The measure failed 6-5, after a marathon meeting that featured hours of emotional debate and comments from supporters and opponents. Council members Michael Barnes, Kenny Smith, LaWana Mayfield, Ed Driggs, John Autry and Greg Phipps voted against it.

Before the final vote, council members had removed the section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. That issue drew the most vigorous opposition from dozens of speakers.