Our state government just passed a bill that “repealed” HB2. I have some major issues with this legislation. I wanted to see an outright repeal instead of one that still allowed discrimination in our state. However, our city has an opportunity to make it clear that we will stand up for our LGBT residents and that we truly are a welcoming city.

Section 3 of HB142 (pictured below) drastically limits what cities can do to protect their residents. Section 4 puts a time limit on these on these restrictions. We can act now to put protections in place so long as they don’t take effect until three years from now.

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The Greenville City Council should act immediately by passing an ordinance that bans discrimination in Greenville based on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as sets inclusive rules for its own public facilities. In order to comply with HB142, the city will have to specify that this Non-Discrimination Ordinance will not take effect until December 1st, 2020.

Even though it won’t take effect for a while, it is important that we act now. Passing this ordinance will demonstrate that we’re an inclusive community and that we’re not afraid to speak out for all Greenvillians — even as our state government seems afraid to stand up for all North Carolinians.

Please write your council members and encourage them to act now on a Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Their contact information can be found here.