The 'Imminent Threat' to Charlotte's LGBT Protections
A special session to undo Charlotte's new ordinance looms—opportunistic, cynical, hypocritical, political, inevitable
Of course the North Carolina General Assembly will hold a special session to nullify Charlotte’s LGBT protections. The reasons are ludicrous and hypocritical—so much for local control, exhibit 6,724—but they don’t need to make sense. The legislature has the power and legal authority to do it, so they’re going to, taxpayer expense be damned.
There’s simply too much political hay to make over this—a perfect statewide wedge issue in an election year and a chance to portray Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper as an enabler of pedophiles as he campaigns for governor. N.C. Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson took the lead during the legislative news conference yesterday. Newton happens to be running for attorney general.
But it’s important, if nothing else, to register the nerve of these folks. In the last three years, the General Assembly has refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving a half-million North Carolinians uninsured and costing the state $21 billion in federal matching funds; rolled back environmental protections in ways that continue to endanger public health; reworked the state tax system to place heavier financial burdens on the people who can afford at least; and this week, in the person of House Speaker Tim Moore, argued the need for a special session to prevent transgender women from using stalls in women’s rooms because it “poses an imminent threat to public safety.”