Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina urges Gov. Pat McCrory to protect our women and children from bathroom predators by exerting his leadership to call for a special session of the General Assembly in order to repeal Charlotte’s unconstitutional bathroom and public accommodations ordinance by or before March 30, 2016. There is no reason to put the children, women, and businesses in Charlotte through the trauma of letting this ordinance go into effect on April 1.
House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 111) said, “While special sessions are costly, we cannot put a price tag on the safety of women and children.” It costs roughly $42,000 a day to hold a special session. The North Carolina General Assembly is due to return to Raleigh on April 25, but the Charlotte ordinance goes into effect April 1.
The Charlotte ordinance allows men to use women’s restrooms, showers, and locker rooms (and vice versa) based on what gender they “identify” with. It violates the constitutional right to privacy of children, women, and men by allowing a member of the opposite sex to view a person while engaging in activities such as undressing, using restrooms, or showering. It also puts children and women in positions of potential harm. Indecent exposure and sexual assaults have occurred in other cities with similar ordinances.
Every North Carolinian has the right to live and work in accordance with their beliefs. A small faction of citizens do not have the right to force business owners and any business that contracts with the City of Charlotte to participate in messages, ideas, or events that conflict with their beliefs.
Ordinances that force private business owners to choose between violating their beliefs or being fined and jailed are unjust and will discourage businesses from locating in our State. Even if they comply, business owners may lose customers who do not want to share bathrooms and locker rooms with persons of the opposite sex.
The City of Charlotte ignored the overwhelming will of the people who had common sense, and fact-based opposition to the ordinance. We trust that Gov. McCrory will not make the same mistake and that he will uphold his vow to seek legislative action to overturn Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance.
Concerned Women for America of North Carolina, as part of the NC Values Coalition team, agrees that it makes no logical sense for the Governor and the General Assembly to let this regulatory burden on businesses and this threat to the privacy and safety of children, women, and men go into effect, when they could stop it prior to April 1. Visit the coalition website, #DontDoItCharlotte.com for more information.
PRAY that we make, “all petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Pray the Governor will call a special session.
ACT NOW! Make Your Voice Heard.
- Contact Gov. Pat McCrory and ask him to schedule a special session of the General Assembly in order to pass legislation that will prevent Charlotte’s Bathroom Ordinance from taking effect on April 1, 2016. Call the governor at (919) 814-2000 and/or click here to e-mail him now.
- Contact Speaker Tim Moore and tell him that you agree with him that a special session of the General Assembly needs to be scheduled in order to pass legislation that will prevent Charlotte’s Bathroom Ordinance from taking effect on April 1, 2016. Click here to call and/or e-mail him now.
- Contact your representative and ask him to ask the Governor and Speaker Moore to schedule a special session of the General Assembly in order to pass legislation that will prevent Charlotte’s Bathroom Ordinance from taking effect on April 1, 2016. And ask him/her to vote for the legislation that stops the ordinance if a special session is called. Click here to find out who they are and how to contact them.
- Sign the #Don’tDoItCharlotte petition to your Representative. Click here to sign now.