Charlotte NDO 2.5: This time, with GOP support?

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I'll see your raise, and call. Show me your hand:

Luebke is part of a small group of republicans who've found something that didn't exist before now: republicans on city council supportive of gay rights and protections. They've been working with councilman Tariq Bokhari to put forward their own non-discrimination ordinance, based on conservative values of individual liberty and personal freedom. "I was tired of being caught flat-footed and not being brought to the table as a republican in town," Bokhari said.

Bokhari says the group is pursuing broader and more inclusive protections than the current democratic proposal. It would include protections for accommodations, employment, and housing, and it would also extend protections based on a person's natural hairstyle.

Trying to get a hold of their ordinance proposal itself before commenting further...Okay, here is the proposed ordinance:

SECTION 2: AMENDMENTS RELATING TO DISCRIMINATION IN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION AND EMPLOYMENT Article III Section12-57. -Definitions.The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Employer includes any person employing one or more persons within the City of Charlotte and any person acting in the interest of an employer, directly or indirectly.

Gender identity or gender expression means having or being perceived as having gender-related identity, expression, appearance, or behavior, whether or not that identity, expression, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.

Natural Hair Style means any hair texture, color, type, or style of wear historically associated with race.

Place of public accommodation means a business, accommodation, refreshment, entertainment, recreation, or transportation facility of any kind, whether licensed or not, whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public. The term “place of public accommodation” shall not include: a religious organization; any hotel, motel, restaurant, or theater operated by a nonprofit fraternal or social association that restricts its facilities and services to the members of such association/corporation and their guests; or any non-profit fraternal or social organization, or civic, political, or religious organization, when the profits of such association or organization, above reasonable and necessary expenses, are solely for its benefit or mission.

Religious Organization means a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, non-denominational ministry, interdenominational and ecumenical organization, mission organization, faith-based social agency, or other entity principally devoted to the study,practice, or advancement of religion.

Sexual Orientation means actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality.

Article III Section 12-58. -Prohibited acts.(a) It shall be unlawful to deny any person the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, natural hair style,gender identity or gender expression, or national origin.

(b) It shall be unlawful to make, print, circulate, post, mail or otherwise cause to be published a statement, advertisement, or sign which indicates that the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation will be refused, withheld from, or denied any person because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, natural hair style, gender identity or gender expression,or national origin, or that any person's patronage of or presence at a place of public accommodation is objectionable, unwelcome, unacceptable, or undesirable because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, natural hair style, gender identity or gender expression, or national origin; provided, however, for the avoidance of doubt, this section does not apply to a private club or other establishment not, in fact, open to the public.

(c) Nothing in this article shall regulate or impose requirements regarding the use of restrooms or sex-segregated facilities in violation of the provisions contained in G.S 143-761.

There's more, but I may have quoted/copied too much already, so follow the link and read it yourself.

The underlined portions are additions to the City's already existing non-discrimination ordinance, and (c) appears to take the bathroom issue completely off the table. I have some concerns over that and the "does not include" add-on to the public accommodation definition, but hopefully we'll get some feedback from those more informed about this issue.

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