Impasse in North Carolina Over LGBT Law

     (CN) — An offer by North Carolina Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to rescind the state’s controversial law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination protections if Charlotte drops a bid to expand such safeguards is getting the cold shoulder from the city’s mayor.
     On Monday, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts released a statement saying that Republicans don’t need the city to withdraw its local protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity before repealing the state law that has cost North Carolina major sporting events, including NCAA and ACC championship games.
     Roberts also said the city council won’t even discuss the issue among themselves until they meet Monday night.
     Charlotte expanded its protections for members of the LGBT community last spring, but before the ordinance could take effect, GOP members of the state legislature called a special session and passed House Bill 2, which blocks all local governments in North Carolina from passing similar rules, and to limit bathroom options for transgender people.

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