As noted by The Charlotte Observer, Driggs and Smith, both Republicans, voted against the ordinance last year.
“It 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,” McCrory said in an email to the council’s two Republicans, Ed Driggs and Kenny Smith. “This 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.”
McCrory, a Republican, continued: “Also, this action of allowing a person with male anatomy, for example, to use a female restroom or locker room will most likely cause immediate State legislative intervention which I would support as governor.”
“We have heard from many people living in Charlotte — from our employers, from the private sector, from folks we know who are LGBT – we’ve heard that nondiscrimination is very important,” Roberts says. “It’s important for all our employees and residents to feel welcomed, feel included, and feel like they are treated equally."