Poor North Carolina. They have tried so hard to go blue, yet the hate runs deep.
Charlotte Pride released the following statement in response to the North Carolina General Assembly's approval on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, of legislation repealing LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections in public accommodations in the City of Charlotte. The bill pre-empts similar protections in municipalities across the state, as well as limiting local government's ability to pass their own minimum wage laws and other labor regulations:
"LGBTQ Charlotteans and North Carolinians are less safe today because of the legislature’s actions. All residents of Charlotte, all North Carolinians and out-of-state visitors to events like Charlotte Pride’s annual festival and parade deserve full protection from discrimination in public accommodations like restaurants, bars, hotels and other spaces. This bill will hurt our people, our economy and our city’s and state’s reputation. We call on Gov. Pat McCrory to reject this transparent attempt at outright discrimination against LGBTQ people and veto this harmful bill. Charlotteans and North Carolinians deserve local communities which are welcoming and safe for all who call our great city and state home."