CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory will get his wish‚ÄĒon Wednesday, both chambers of the North Carolina legislature rushed¬†through a bill overriding a crucial part of the¬†Charlotte City Council's ordinance¬†granting legal protections for LGBT citizens last month. McCrory signed the bill into law late Wednesday night, according to reports.

Here is the governor's full statement:

Back in February, McCrory sent the following email to two Republican councilmen in Charlotte:

‚ÄúIt is not only the citizens of Charlotte that will be impacted by changing basic restroom and locker room norms but also citizens from across our state and nation who visit and work in Charlotte,‚ÄĚ McCrory said in an email to the council‚Äôs two Republicans, Ed Driggs and Kenny Smith. ‚ÄúThis shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy.‚ÄĚ

Advertisement

As Buzzfeed News writes, the bill passed through today would "restrict single-sex public restrooms and locker rooms in publicly run facilities to people of the same sex on their birth certificate."

When the Senate voted, Democrats were so enraged by the process that they staged a walk-out mid-vote. Via the Charlotte News And Observer:

Senate Democrats gathered after the unusual walkout for a news conference. Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue of Raleigh called the session ‚Äúan affront to democracy‚ÄĚ and said his caucus wouldn‚Äôt be part of ‚Äúthis hostile takeover of human rights.‚ÄĚ

Advertisement

Buzzfeed reported that earlier in the day, Christian conservatives expressed fear in hearings that men would pray on women if given permission to use the women's bathroom.

Opponents of the bill expressed shock on Twitter and Facebook.

https://twitter.com/spacekatgal/status/712801726525530113

Advertisement

https://twitter.com/imfromraleigh/status/712777245237121024

‚ÄúThis would be the most sweeping anti-LGBT bill in the nation,‚ÄĚ Chris Sgro, executive director of the advocacy group Equality NC, told the Observer. ‚ÄúWhat Charlotte did is not unique or extreme.‚ÄĚ

Advertisement

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.