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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts talks about LGBT ordinance

Mayor Roberts on LGBT ordinance

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts explains why the City Council intends to approve an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance on Monday despite legislative threats to kill it.
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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts explains why the City Council intends to approve an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance on Monday despite legislative threats to kill it.

Apple has told the city of Charlotte that it will expand only into cities that have an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told the Observer editorial board Thursday.

Roberts said Apple is among many companies that have urged the City Council to pass the controversial ordinance Monday night. She named Siemens, AT&T, Microsoft and Bank of America as being among the companies that have gotten behind the proposal.

She also said she expects the council to approve the ordinance despite threats from state legislators that they would pass a state law overturning it.

"They’re going to do what they’re going to do no matter how we vote…" Roberts said. "So we want to do what’s right for the community, we want to do what helps make people feel safe and included and accepted."

Watch Roberts talk more about the LGBT ordinance and the state’s threat to stop it in the video above. – Taylor Batten

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