Hundreds turned out to speak to a proposed ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that would have allowed transgenders the legal right to use whichever bathroom they most identified with, regardless of their physical genders.
And after roughly five hours of debate, the proposal failed, 6-5, the Charlotte Observer reported.
The proposed ordinance would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's list of protected categories – and one outcome would have been to give LGBTs the ability to choose which bathroom to use. Due to massive opposition, though, City Council members removed that bathroom provision from the text of the proposal just prior to taking the vote.
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Democrats on the council then offered other amendments that would have exempted locker rooms, showers and public changing rooms from the list of LGBT protections – but Republicans still rejected it, reported Q Notes, a North Carolina newspaper that serves the LGBT community.
"All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women," said City Councilman Ed Driggs, a Republican who opposed the measure, the Charlotte Observer reported. "It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them."
And Kenny Smith, another Republican on the City Council, denied the measure was even about anti-discrimination.
"[This is an agenda to] impose the progressive left's new morality on our citizens," he said, the Charlotte Observer reported.