As the heated debate surrounding the non-discrimination ordinance continues, Charlotte city council members are speaking out about how they voted. Some believe there's still a very real possibility it could all be struck down by the general assembly.
The night before the meeting, Charlotte city council member Ed Driggs sent an email to Governor Pat McCrory to see what his thoughts were.
"I wrote to the governor and I said what do you think about this? What do you think is going to happen? So his reaction got a lot of attention,” Driggs said.
In a reply, Governor McCrory threatened to block the ordinance with legislative action if it passed.
What makes it so emotionally charged for so many is the fact the ordinance would provide protection to transgender men and women to use the restrooms they identify with. This makes many wonder what the legislative intervention might look like.
"Our leaders in Raleigh recognize that what happens in Charlotte has ramifications for people in the surrounding area and also for the state as a whole,” Driggs said.
Driggs says he voted against the ordinance, but other city council members who voted for it are hoping legislators let the ordinance stand as is.
"I would say I am surprised because there seems to be more important issues that raleigh should be focusing in on,” Council member Lawana Mayfield
Mayfield says Monday's vote is a reflection of Charlotte as a community.
"Regardless of what Raleigh decides to do, we let the community know that charlotte is a welcoming city,” she said.
We called Ppeaker of the House Tim Moore’s office. We’re told the ordinance may be partially blocked or blocked in its entirety. It will also be discussed during the General Assembly session in April.
We also learned there have been legislative interventions in the past - most recently with the proposal to issue city identifications for local immigrants without the proper IDs. And before that, one that dealt with the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.