Charlotte City Council to vote on changes to non-discrimination ordinance on Feb. 22

- Charlotte City Council reviewed the proposed amendment Monday to the non-discrimination ordinance during a dinner briefing presentation from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Community Building Initiative (CBI), and City Attorney Bob Hagemann.

Council is expected to consider taking action on the proposed amendment to the non-discrimination ordinance on Feb. 22.

The proposed changes to the ordinance are the same as those presented last year. The amendment would add marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity to the list of protected characteristics in the existing non-discrimination ordinance.

As part of Monday night's presentation, council received information on the history of public accommodations, how the proposed ordinance compares to other cities and a summary from last week’s non-discrimination community forum.

In 2014, council examined a proposal to add sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, familial status and marital status to the list of protected characteristics in the city’s non-discrimination ordinances. 

On March 2, 2015, council failed to pass an amended version of the ordinance in a 5-6 vote.

Learn more about the non-discrimination ordinance by clicking here. 

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