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Wilmington locals and groups weigh in on non-discrimination decision

An ordinance from Charlotte caused debate across the state. (Source: WBTV) An ordinance from Charlotte caused debate across the state. (Source: WBTV)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A non-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte made waves across the state.

The ordinance expands protection to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Charlotte City Council passed the measure Monday in a 7-4 vote.

The ordinance allows transgender people to choose public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Opponents said that could present a safety risk, but supporters say the opposite.

“We’re not inviting a bunch of men to go into the women’s room,” William McCarthy of the UNCW LGBTQIA resource office said. “What we’re looking at is people who are in great danger if they go to the restroom that does not accord with the way they present publicly.”

A Wilmington transgender woman said the ordinance gives transgender people a voice and legal stance.

"I don't understand how we can live in a society right now in 2016 and not realize that trans people are everywhere,” Chasity Scott said. “We're not just drag queens, we're not just people who are cross-dressing for kicks. It is not a lifestyle. It is just a life."

Governor Pat McCrory openly opposed the decision.

"Everyone's privacy is at risk,” McCrory said. “Using a restroom facility or a locker room is a very private matter and I think everyone is at risk regarding their own individual privacy."

McCrory said he plans to address the ordinance in April.

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