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NC Values Coalition makes records request of city of Charlotte over HB2

The N.C. Values Coalition has filed a public records request with the city of Charlotte for communication about HB2.
The N.C. Values Coalition has filed a public records request with the city of Charlotte for communication about HB2. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The N.C. Values Coalition said it has filed public records requests Thursday for several Charlotte officials about communication related to House Bill 2.

The Raleigh-based coalition has been a leading opponent of the Charlotte City Council’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance, which would have extended legal protections to LGBT individuals and allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity. The coalition supports HB2, the state law that nullified the Charlotte ordinance.

The group said its request seeks to “uncover any communications” among Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte City Council members and Attorney General Roy Cooper and Treasurer Janet Cowell. It also wants communication between the city’s elected officials and the Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC and the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

In a news release, the coalition said the “bullying and manipulation tactics” used by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC have been “absolutely shameful.”

The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina have requested records from Gov. Pat McCrory and other states leaders about HB2.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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