North Carolina passes anti-discrimination bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have passed a bill that prevents local governments from setting their own anti-discrimination rules.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly took action Wednesday in a special session after the Charlotte City Council recently approved a broad anti-discrimination measure that allows transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.

The Senate voted for the measure hours after the House passed it by a wide margin. It now goes to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. His office didn’t immediately respond to requests about whether he will sign the measure.

An enacted bill would be a blow to the LGBT movement after success with similar anti-discrimination measures in more than 200 cities nationwide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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