Online petition launched and events announced to oppose proposal that allows for citizens to “self identify” which bathroom or locker room they prefer to use.
CHARLOTTE, NC Feb. 18, 2015 – Several churches, non-profits and business leaders in the Charlotte area have organized to oppose a proposed expansion of the city’s nondiscrimination policy going before Charlotte City Council on Monday, February 23 that, in addition to threatening the religious liberty of Charlotte business owners, would also allow for persons of any sex to choose which bathroom and locker room facilities they would like to use. The campaign has been named “Don’t do it Charlotte” and supporters have created an online petition that can be found at www.dontdoitcharlotte.com. The signatures obtained on this petition will be submitted to City Council members on Monday evening.
The group has planned an informational session for Charlotte-area pastors, to be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Uptown Charlotte, 301 S. Davidson Street, Charlotte, 28202. All area pastors are invited to attend and should RSVP by calling 704-375-1446. The purpose of this session is to learn about the legal impact of the proposed non-discrimination ordinance for churches, businesses, and citizens of Charlotte and to discuss what pastors and churches can do to stop it.
A rally is also being held prior to the city council meeting on Monday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at 600 E. 4th Street in Uptown Charlotte. The rally is designed to unite people opposed to the ordinance modifications and to demonstrate to council the large number of businesses and families that don’t want this amendment. To date, the only evidence presented to council was in the form of a memorandum from city attorney, Robert E. Hagemann that only included propaganda from the Human Rights Campaign, a self-described civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Speakers expected at the rally include Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition, Dr. Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, as well as David and Jason Benham, Christian businessmen and authors.