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Sen. Phil Berger cites Charlotte case as reason for HB2

N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger Friday cited a complaint from a Charlotte woman about a man in a woman’s restroom to blast opponents of House Bill 2.
N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger Friday cited a complaint from a Charlotte woman about a man in a woman’s restroom to blast opponents of House Bill 2.

N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger Friday cited a complaint from a Charlotte woman about a man in a woman’s restroom to blast opponents of House Bill 2.

In a release, Berger sent a link to a Sunday story by WCCB about an unnamed woman’s complaint about seeing a man in the women’s restroom at 7th Street Market. The story said the woman’s husband later chased the man, who was reportedly questioned by police.

Berger singled out the attorney general and Charlotte mayor.

“Roy Cooper, Jennifer Roberts, and anyone else actively fighting the commonsense bathroom safety bill need to explain why they think what this man put this woman through in a Charlotte bathroom this week should be legal,” Berger said in a statement.

HB2 was a reaction to a Charlotte ordinance that extended anti-discrimination protections to people based on their sexual orientation. It also allowed transgender people to use the bathroom or locker room of their gender identity. Critics, including Berger and Gov. Pat McCrory, said it could violate privacy by allowing men in women’s facilities.

“It is unfortunate that Charlotte’s ordinance continues to be misrepresented for partisan political purposes,” Roberts said in a statement. “The incident described is absolutely prohibited and against the law under Charlotte’s ordinance.”

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