Less than one month after Stokes County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the resolution of support for HB2, a controversial North Carolina law also referred to as the “bathroom bill”, King City Council echoed the same sentiments on Tuesday night.
Mayor Pro Tempore Wesley Carter explained the issue had nothing to do with discrimination.
“This is about common sense. Transgender folks represent .3 percent of our population at most. If we’re going to endanger the other 99.7 percent I think we’re making a grievous mistake,” he said.
During public comments, King business owner Jeff Beckelhimer argued the bill was ill-conceived and infringes on the rights and simple liberties of people.
“If this resolution is passed it will negatively impact our ability to attract new businesses and residents to our community,” he said.
Beckelhimer was an integral part of the Feed Stokes half marathon and 5K that raised nearly $15,000 for Stokes three local food banks. He said he’s received emails from past participants saying they wouldn’t be involved next year if the HB2 resolution was passed.
“The majority is opposed to House Bill 2 and if you believe the opposite that shows just how disconnected you are with the people in this community,” he said. “Put your voice behind House Bill 2 is to put your voice and signature behind hate, bigotry and discrimination. King needs a future and that is the job you are charged with as an elected official.”
Pastor Kevin Broyhill of Calvary Baptist reiterated it was a common sense law put in place to protect the most vulnerable North Carolina citizens.
“A man at any moment could self-identify as a woman and enter a women’s bathroom. This would allow a cloak for would-be perpetrators to take pictures or videos in a bathroom shower or dressing room setting. It even opens the door to far worse crimes.”
“If HB2 is repealed, it will be our wives, our daughters, our granddaughters that will be endangered,” Broyhill said.
The councilmembers unanimously agreed.
Mayor Jack Warren said while there were parts of the bill he supported, he didn’t agree with it entirely.
“From my understanding, they’re reconstructing parts of it now. I would like to see the council construct their own resolution and put it together.”
After the resolution of support passed with no opposition, the chamber erupted into applause.
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