WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Lawmakers are commenting on the unanimous vote by Charlotte City Council members Friday morning, to repeal the city's non-discrimination (commonly called the "bathroom") ordinance, if the General Assembly votes to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 law by Dec. 31.
"Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB 2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.
"Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state." - Governor-Elect Roy Cooper (D-North Carolina)
The two Republican leaders in the General Assembly followed Cooper's statement with one of their own.
"Today Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts proved what we said was the case all along: their efforts to force men into women's bathrooms and shower facilities was a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor's race. For months, we've said if Charlotte would repeal its bathroom ordinance that created the problem, we would take up the repeal of HB2. But Roy Cooper is not telling the truth about the legislature committing to call itself into session – we've always said that was Gov. McCrory's decision, and if he calls us back, we will be prepared to act. For Cooper to say otherwise is a dishonest and disingenuous attempt to take credit." – House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger
Gov. Pat McCrory's office released a video Monday afternoon, with McCrory explaining his call for the session:
"Now that the Charlotte ordinance has finally been repealed, the expectation of privacy in our showers, bathrooms and locker rooms is restored and protected under previous state law.
"I have always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists.
"This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election has ended sadly proves this entire issue, originated by the political left, was all about politics at the expense of Charlotte and the entire state of North Carolina.
"But as I promised months ago, if the Charlotte ordinance was repealed, I would call our General Assembly into a Special Session to reconsider existing state legislation passed earlier this year. And I'm doing just that for this Wednesday.
"But it should also be noted that the whole issue of gender identity is a national issue that will be resolved by the courts and the United States Justice Department.
"Like all of us, I look forward to that resolution and to working with our state legislators in the coming days.
"Thank you and may God continue to bless the great state of North Carolina." - Gov. Pat McCrory (R-North Carolina)
WECT reached out to members of the Wilmington-area delegation for comments on the vote by Charlotte City Council and possible repeal of HB2. Only two members responded as of late Monday afternoon.
"I am encouraged that the Republican leadership in Raleigh seems to have finally grasped the reality that HB2 is bad for business in NC. I hope they are sincere this time in supporting a full repeal. I also hope that this week they will stick to HB2 legislation only and not use another special session to further erode the balance of power in North Carolina." - Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover)
"As I read their resolution, it is so convoluted and contradictory that I am still trying to determine if they did repeal it. Also, what is to stop them or any other town from passing a similar unconstitutional ordinance?" - Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick)
"I'm happy that the Charlotte City Council rescinded its' unconstitutional ordinance. It's pretty clear this was a political ploy, since Charlotte failed to negotiate with the NCGA for months." - Representative-Elect Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, District 46)
We will add more comments from representatives and senators as they respond to our inquiries.