Faced with Bathroom Bill Deal, Charlotte Mayor Won’t Budge

Even though Roberts made it clear the LGBT civil rights ordinance wouldn’t even be discussed, WBTV reported dozens of people attended the meeting to show their support for her stand.

“We are silencing marginalized communities, and none of us are free until all of us are free,” Hannah Hawkins said.

Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), who is running against Gov. Pat McCrory in the November gubernatorial election, called for a special legislative session to repeal HB2.

“The damage to our economy must be stopped, and it is clear that full repeal of HB2 will accomplish this,” Cooper said in a statement.

Gov. McCrory has blamed the economic sting of the HB2 backlash on politics.

“This is not about politics. This is not about who’s right and who’s wrong,” Vinay Patel, CEO of SREE Hotels and a board member of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, told the Charlotte Observer. “We’ve been caught in a crossfire. … We’re in a crisis, and this is the time to take action.”

North Carolina has certainly paid a price for HB2. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was scheduled to be played in that city until NBA Commissioner Adam Silver declared there would be a change of venue because of HB2.

“Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children,” McCrory said in a July statement reacting to the NBA decision. “American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”

Charlotte Councilwoman Claire Fallon told WBTV she is frustrated.

“I wish we had statesman instead of politicians and did what was best for this city, which is bleeding, alright?” Fallon said. “It’s bleeding business, it’s bleeding jobs.”