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Values Coalition's Tami Fitzgerald Discusses Opposition to Charlotte Ordinance


It’s been a month since the Charlotte City Council approved an expansion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. And it’s safe to say we’ll be reporting on the controversy surrounding it for a while longer.

The ordinance prohibits businesses from discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation, but most of the controversy surrounds a provision that lets transgender people use the bathroom of the sex they identify with. State lawmakers appear poised to strike down that provision and prohibit any local government from enacting similar ordinances.

The question is when. The legislative session begins April 25th.  The North Carolina Values Coalition wants lawmakers to go into special session and strike it down before the ordinance takes effect April 1st. The group’s executive director, Tami Fitzgerald, says it’s an issue of safety. She spoke to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.