North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on
Tuesday responded to passage of the state's first LGBT protections
The ordinance, approved Monday by
Charlotte City Council, prohibits discrimination based on sexual
orientation and gender identity in public accommodations, vehicles
for hire and government contracting.
approves LGBT protections ordinance.)
McCrory, who served 20 years in
Charlotte politics, including 14 years as mayor, threatened
legislative action before the vote.
“As I communicated and predicted
prior to the vote, state legislative leaders have notified me about
introducing legislation that would correct this misguided government
regulation and ensure it will not happen in any town or city in North
Carolina,” McCrory said Tuesday.
“I am disappointed and saddened
Charlotte city government initiated overreaching regulations that
change basic standards and expectations of privacy regarding
restrooms and locker rooms.”
“As governor, I will support
legislative action to address this regulation and will remain
committed to protecting the privacy and safety of all men, women and
children of all ages in North Carolina. My position is consistent
with challenging government overreach by the federal, state and now a
local government,” he added.
Another Republican, Tim Moore, the
state's Speaker of the House, announced that he would work with
fellow lawmakers to bring about a “legislative intervention to
correct [Charlotte's] radical course.”