Charlotte Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance, Franklin Graham Freaks Out

Rob Smith

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The Charlotte City Council just voted to expand the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include LGBT people, and their most homophobic citizen Franklin Graham is not happy about it.

We previously reported about Graham’s earlier Facebook rant when the proposed expansion was moving forward toward a vote, when he claimed the nondiscrimination ordinance is being “used to discriminate against Christians.”

Riiiiiiight.

The ordinance bans discrimination against LGBT people by local businesses, but there is a more controversial element to it. From The Charlotte Observer:

The most controversial part of the ordinance would allow transgender residents to use either a men’s or women’s bathroom, depending on the gender with which they identify.

The bathroom provision sparked the most opposition, with opponents mostly worried about the safety of women and girls in a public bathroom with people who were born male. Supporters said those fears were overblown, and that transgender people are at risk of violence in the bathroom.

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Of course, the bathroom thing. Graham freaked out about it via Facebook:
“This law would allow pedophiles, perverts, and predators into women’s bathrooms. This is wicked and it’s filthy. To think that my granddaughters could go into a restroom and a man be in there exposing himself….what are we setting our children and grandchildren up for? There’s not a public restroom in Charlotte that would be safe!”
Despite Graham’s meltdown, the ordinance isn’t exactly a done deal yet.
Legislators could still kill the bathroom portion of the ordinance or the entire thing outright, a potential action hinted at by an email sent by Gov. Pat McCrory a day before the vote. There’s also a chance that legislators could also take the issue to voters and have it placed on the November ballot.
For now, the updated ordinance goes into effect on April 1st, which gives Graham plenty of time to meltdown via social media for our viewing pleasure.
We’ll grab the popcorn.

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