Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance defies common sense, puts women and children in grave danger, and violates the right of every North Carolinian to live and work in accordance with their beliefs without being punished by the government.
It’s a lose/lose for Charlotte Business
- All public places, including businesses, nonprofits, churches and schools must allow persons of the opposite sex into their bathrooms, locker rooms or showers or be fined and jailed or lose business to Concord, Matthews, Huntersville, Pineville and other cities because customers opt for safety.
- Charlotte business owners must comply and violate their core convictions and jeopardize the safety and privacy of their employees and patrons or be fined and jailed for opposing the ordinance.
- The ordinance forces Charlotte Businesses to comply and create message, promote ideas, and/or engage in events that conflict with their core beliefs or be fined, jailed and forced to close.
- The Charlotte ordinance creates laws that aren’t uniform across the state creating undue regulatory burden on private businesses in multiple municipalities and unnecessarily exposes them to legal harassment.
- Businesses and nonprofits across North Carolina that currently have contracts with the City of Charlotte will be forced to adopt harmful HR policies that violate their strongly held beliefs or lose their contracts.
- The Charlotte ordinance violates the NC Constitution and is impossible to accurately police because it’s based on feelings and not biological facts.
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Dear Business Leader, Community Leader or Pastor;
Thank you for standing to help stop the non-discrimination ordinance that the Charlotte Council is considering. As you know, the ordinance will add new terms—“marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression”—to the public accommodations laws, the vehicles for hire ordinances, and the ordinances governing businesses that contract with the city. It will also give the City’s Human Relations Committee enforcement power. In so doing, the City will require many businesses to provide their “goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations” to promote messages or ideas (speech) that are contrary to their religious and conscience beliefs about human sexual behavior. This ordinance will lead to men being given legal access to women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, businesses being sued for declining to participate in same-sex weddings, and undoubtedly, widespread discrimination against Christians.
Below this letter, we request you add your signature. This letter will be hand-delivered to the City Council. We encourage you to sign the letter and then share it with other pastors and business & community leaders in the Carolinas.