NC Family has recently learned that the Fayetteville City Council is planning to vote on a proposal Monday night that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classifications to the city’s Human Relations Commission ordinance. This is the type of ordinance that has been used in states across the nation to attack florists, bakers, photographers, printers, and other small business owners—like Barronelle Stutzman and Jack Phillips—as well as Christian adoption and foster care agencies, who are simply seeking to live out their faith in the public square.
The Fayetteville City Council (listed below) needs to hear from you!
The proposed ordinance change also stands in direct contradiction to House Bill 142, which states that, “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations.” As you may recall, HB 142 was the bill that “replaced” North Carolina’s HB2 in March 2017.
The Fayetteville proposal would expand the authority of the Director of the city’s Human Relations Commission “to receive, investigate and seek and adjust for and with the human relations commission, complaints or charges of discrimination within the city, based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.” (The proposed additional ordinance language is in bold italics.) One of the relevant duties of the Director most specific to HB 142 is to: “Arrange and activate institutes, educational and consultation conferences with employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, housing industry, managers of places of public accommodations, educational, religious, civic and community organizations to seek understanding and implementation of the civil rights laws and foster good will within the city.”
Especially if you live in and around the Fayetteville area, we urge you to contact the following city council members and staff to express your opposition to the proposal. Thank you!
Fayetteville City Council Members & Staff:
Mayor Mitch Colvin (910) 433-1992 Mitch.Colvin@ci.fay.nc.us
Mayor Pro Tem Theodore W. Mohn (910) 495-3634 TMohn@ci.fay.nc.us
Kathy Jensen, District 1 (910) 433-1992 KJensen@ci.fay.nc.us
Dan Culliton, District 2 (910) 433-1992
Tisha Waddell, District 3 (910) 433-1992 firstname.lastname@example.org
D.J. Haire, District 4 (910) 574-5399 email@example.com
Johnny Dawkins, District 5 (910) 433-1992 firstname.lastname@example.org
William Joseph Leon Crisp,District 6 (910) 864-1669 email@example.com
Larry Wright,District 7 (910) 433-1992 Larry.Wright@ci.fay.nc.us
James William Arp, Jr., District 8 (910) 433-1992 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Hewett, City Manager (910) 433-1990 email@example.com
Karen M. McDonald, City Attorney (919) 433-1985 firstname.lastname@example.org