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Charlotte City Council Takes GOP Deal On Controversial Law Affecting LGBT Protections

People hold signs as the crowd starts to fill in before the city council meeting.
Michael Tomsic
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People hold signs as the crowd starts to fill in before the city council meeting.

Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to repeal LGBT protections the city adopted in February. Council members say they've come around to a deal Republican state leaders have been offering to get rid of House Bill 2, which invalidated Charlotte's protections anyway.

The ACC pulled tournament games, the NBA pulled its All-Star Game, and PayPal and Deutsche Bank canceled job growth in North Carolina – all because of House Bill 2.

Republican lawmakers called a special session in March to pass that law in response to Charlotte adding LGBT protections. Charlotte's changes included allowing transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.

Some Republicans have said they're willing to repeal the law if Charlotte gets rid of its changes first. In September, Democratic city councilman John Autry called that "circular logic." But Monday he voted for Charlotte to act first.

"With HB 2 in place, we have no protections - none," he says." As long as HB 2 remains on the books, there is no path forward."

He also points out there will soon be a new governor, Democrat Roy Cooper. Autry says he's confident in Cooper's commitment to working for LGBT protections after the city council and the state legislature hit the reset button.

Governor Pat McCrory says he'll call a special session for the legislature to hold up its end of the bargain.

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Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ
Michael Tomsic
Michael Tomsic covers health care, voting rights, NASCAR, peach-shaped water towers and everything in between. He drivesWFAE'shealth care coverage through a partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. He became a full-time reporter forWFAEin August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews withNasand BranfordMarsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. AtUNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern withWHQRin Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.
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