"I'm pleased that Charlotte has sent a signal that we will treat people with dignity and respect, even when we disagree," said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.
As reported by USA Today, council members introduced a similar bill last year, but was it defeated. Shortly thereafter, city officials announced that transgender people will be allowed to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity in city- and county-owned facilities.
Governor McCrory contends that the Charlotte bathroom bill puts public safety at risk and encourages North Carolina lawmakers take the initiative against the measure.
"This action of allowing a person with male anatomy, for example, to use a female restroom or locker room will most likely cause immediate state legislative intervention, which I would support as governor," he wrote in the email to council members.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore agrees with the governor. He said statutory actions against the ordinance will be explored in the next scheduled legislative session, which starts in April.
Supporters of the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance say it will preserve the self-respect and safety of transgender people. According to a survey of the LGBT community, many have been denied service, received poor service, or experienced some other form of discrimination because of their status.
"Being assigned male at birth — it can be dangerous if I walk into the men's bathroom," Charlotte resident Lara Nazario said at the council meeting. "I'm told I am in the wrong one or 'outed' as transgender. This often leads to violence."
The advocacy group, Equality NC, condemns the governor for spreading old and discredited myths about transgender people. Executive director Chris Sgro says the governor is just trying to intimidate the Charlotte City Council.
Roughly 140 citizens each got one minute to offer opinions of the nondiscrimination ordinance changes. The council chamber was so full, many had to wait their turn either in adjoining rooms or outside.