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Raleigh City Council calls for repeal of HB2

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday formally opposed the controversial new law known as HB2.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane led the council in endorsing the statement issued by The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce earlier in the day which called on the legislature to repeal HB2. The law prevents transgender people from using the bathroom meant for the gender with which they identify and prevents local governments from adopting their own laws that punish discrimination.

“Raleigh’s legislative team has been and will continue to work hard in the legislature to change HB2,” McFarlane said “It does not represent Raleigh’s values.”

McFarlane echoed the chamber in saying HB2 is bad for business.

While supporters of the law say it protects women and children from potential abuse, opponents say it is insensitive and discriminatory.

The council vote came less than a week after the city’s Human Relations Commission said the city should pass a resolution opposing the law.

McFarlane issued a statement last month affirming the city’s support for the transgender community. Her statement mentioned HB2, but didn’t specifically state the city’s position on it.

For the sake of Raleigh’s LGBT community and the local economy, commission members said city leaders should take a stronger stance.

HB2 nullifies an anti-discrimination ordinance the commission crafted and the City Council passed in 2014 that prohibits the city government and its contractors from discriminating against anyone based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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