ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO JOIN LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS IN EXPLORING LEGAL CHALLENGES TO DISCRIMINATORY LAW

Hillsborough, NC (March 25, 2016) -- In anticipation of the General Assembly’s action on House Bill 2, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday evening in support of the Non-Discrimination Policy implemented by the Charlotte City Council and joined them in striving for social justice for all.

“Orange County supports a community where all people are treated fairly, valued and accepted; and stands with those who struggle against social injustice,” quotes the resolution, approved Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by the Board of County Commissioners. (To view a copy of the resolution, see the following link http://bit.ly/1pMgIV5 .)

On Wednesday, The North Carolina General Assembly sent a bill to Gov. Pat McCrory that bars local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and prevents people from using bathrooms based on the gender with which they personally identify. McCrory signed the bill into law hours later.

“The action of the legislature will have far reaching effects on the ability of counties and towns to regulate according to the views of their citizens,” said Earl McKee, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “This will now become a matter to be addressed through all legal channels as well as the political process in the coming general elections.”  

McKee said Orange County Commissioners will join other local governing boards in exploring legal challenges to the discriminatory law.  

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