North Carolina Bill Would Prevent Cities From Protecting LGBT People

September 29, 2015 • 7:42 pm

Last-ditch effort to curb nondiscrimination protections in NC before end of session

Raleigh – Last night, the North Carolina General Assembly quietly amended a last-minute bill to strip away the authority of cities and counties to pass protections at the local level, as well as void existing ordinances throughout the state. The amended version of SB 279 comes at the very end of North Carolina’s legislative session.

Matt McTighe, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“SB 279 is a thinly veiled attempt to harm gay and transgender North Carolinians by prohibiting any city from being able to fully protect them from discrimination. This bill would eliminate the ability of local leaders to do what’s best for their own citizens by passing ordinances that help their communities thrive, which include nondiscrimination protections that further fairness and equality. The bill goes even further by reversing progress we’ve already made through existing ordinances. Passing SB 279 would make North Carolina a less welcoming place to live and do business.”

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