The King City Council has agreed to consider a resolution in July supporting HB2 after hearing from local residents during their meeting on Monday.
E.A. Timm said the new state law promotes morality and safety.
“We must never forget that it was the Charlotte City Council that passed the transgender bathroom ordinance, which was unlawful,” he told the council. “It further normalized the immoral LGBT behavior. A resolution supporting HB2 will show you have the courage to go on record to support the morality and safety expressed in HB2.”
He compared that battle to the battle the country fought against communism.
“The divide is clear,” said Timm. “Who will take a public stand? Who will have our back, and stand for America and our children’s future?”
His comments were echoed by James Fant.
“If you don’t stand for something then you will just stand for anything and that seems to be the way this country is going,” he said.
Near the end of the meeting Councilman Brian Carico, who had asked the council to consider a resolution in support of HB2 last month, said he felt the issue was one the city would have to address.
“We can run and hide and act like this conversation is going away, but it is not,” said Carico. “It is becoming a conversation all across the country. I don’t want to make a big issue of it here in small King, but at the same time we don’t need to be the ones that are content to sit on the sidelines and hope someone else will handle it.”
He said he would understand if the council decided not to approve a resolution, but noted that they should at least have it on their agenda.
“If the council is not for it, then I understand, but not talking about it is not going to help our legislation in any way,” said Carico. “Our kids are already having to discuss it in the elementary schools.”
The council gave their consensus to put it on the July agenda. The Stokes County Board of Commissioners will be considering a similar resolution at their next meeting on at 1:30 p.m. on June 13.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.