NC Lawmakers holding Special Session on Charlotte's Non-Discrimination Ordinance

North Carolina lawmakers are coming to Raleigh for a special session Wednesday morning just to deal with Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance.

The most controversial part of the measure is whether transgender people should be allowed to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.

Supporters say the ordinance protects transgender people.

Opponents argue it opens the door for sexual predators to prey on women and children, but those in favor of the non-discrimination ordinance say there are already laws in place against predators.

Fox 46 asked both sides what they think about the General Assembly taking on the topic.

Matt Hirschy, a supporter of the non-discrimination ordinance and a member of Equality NC, said, “It's really concerning to me that a small group of extremists at the legislature is willing to listen to some fear-based lies really to write that into legislation.”

Charlotte city councilman Kenny Smith voted against the ordinance. Smith said, “Had the city not reached, had the city quite frankly not gone to a pretty radical measure, I don't think the state would have to intervene.”

Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance, which was passed last month, is set to take effect on April 1.

View the  bill here.



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