Evangelist Franklin Graham on Tuesday
lamented passage of North Carolina's first LGBT protections ordinance
and called on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to block it.
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.)
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy
Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association, chided
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and City Council members who voted
for the ordinance.
“Shame on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer
Roberts and the City Council members who voted last night to pass an
ordinance that would allow people to use the bathroom of their
choice, not based on their biological sex,” Graham wrote in a
“I hope [McCrory] will take swift
action to strike down this dangerous ordinance or bring it to a
referendum for voters to decide. If this were put to a vote in
Charlotte, I'm sure it would be overwhelmingly defeated by Democrats
and Republicans alike,” he said.
Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory “saddened” by Charlotte LGBT
protections; vows repeal.)
Graham praised the four council members
who voted against passage, saying they had “the courage to do the
right thing and vote NO.”