Contact Your Legislators Immediately
Christian Action League
December 19, 2016
You may have already heard the shocking news. Governor McCrory has called a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly to consider the repeal of HB 2. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision this morning by the Charlotte City Council to repeal the city ordinance that prompted the need for HB 2.
You may remember back in September the Christian Action League reported on a joint statement released by Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, which read:
“If the Charlotte City Council had not passed its ordinance in the first place, the North Carolina General Assembly would not have called itself back into session to pass HB2 in response. Consequently, although our respective caucuses have not met or taken an official position, we believe that if the Charlotte City Council rescinds its ordinance there would be support in our caucuses to return state law to where it was pre-HB 2.”
According to various media reports, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper has issued the following statement today:
“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 [now changed to Wednesday, December 21] to repeal HB 2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB 2 will be repealed in full.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.”
Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement early this afternoon saying they will take up legislation for repeal. The statement reads:
“Today Roy Cooper and [Charlotte Mayor] 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.”
I feel quite certain that some Republicans will make the case that repealing HB 2 will provide a needed reset for the state. Don’t be fooled. There is no reset – no return to square one. The point of HB 2 was to nullify an ordinance where the city superseded their authority. The purpose of the measure was to provide uniformity in law across the state. If the law is repealed, there is nothing to stop another city or even a coalition of cities from doing the same again.
In fact, the ordinance for repeal passed by Charlotte this morning even states this, saying:
“Whereas, in the event that the North Carolina General Assembly grants or restores the authority of the City to enact ordinances on the matters that were the subject of the preempted and invalidated ordinances, the City Council could enact new ordinances.”
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity laws (SOGI), which is the kind of ordinance Charlotte enacted pose serious threats, especially to people of faith:
- They threaten citizens with liability for alleged violations of “discrimination” based purely on subjective identities, and not objective or biological traits. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not like race and shouldn’t be elevated to a protected class.
- SOGI laws penalize people and private businesses for expressing or acting on their deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, that sex is meant only for such a union, and that male and female are not subjective, but objective, biological realities.
If HB 2 is repealed, protections against the Left’s radical agenda to redefine gender, human sexuality, as well as take away the religious freedom of people of faith who disagree, will be removed. Such an action will not only affect North Carolinians, but reverberate across the country.
Take Christian Action Now:
Please contact your legislators in both the Senate and the House and urge them not to repeal HB 2.
To get the contact information of your Representative in the NC House and your Senator in the N.C. Senate, go to this link. Then look under “State Legislature” and both legislators, the one in the House and Senate that represents you will be listed. Click on their names and send them your message, imploring them not to repeal HB 2.
Silence is not golden in this case. Silence is a form of capitulation.
Many plan to be at the legislature tomorrow morning as early 9:00. Every concerned citizen Christian that can come should be present, especially pastors.
God Help Us,
Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League