Asheville City Council calls for HB2 repeal

Asheville City Council meets on April 12, 2016 and voted to pass a resolution that called House Bill 2 unconstitutional. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Asheville's City Council unanimously passed a resolution against House Bill 2 on Tuesday.

The resolution called for HB2 to be repealed and called it unconstitutional.

"As the only minority member of council, I see this as a blatant act of discrimination. For those who stand idle and watch the horrors of our government in action, you are but equals," said Keith Young. He read a note he had previously sent to council members.

Governor McCrory proposed making one change to the law on Tuesday. He signed an Executive Order asking the legislature to restore the right for people to sue for discrimination in state court.

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HB2 took away people's ability to sue in state court for employment discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

McCrory previously said the law didn't take away any existing protections or affect the disabled.

"I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion, and frankly selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina," McCrory said in a video statement after signing the Executive Order.

The order added sexual orientation and gender identity protections for state employees, and he doubled down on the rest of the law.

"Now I know these actions will not totally satisfy everyone, but the vast majority of our citizens want common sense solutions to complex issues,"the Governor said.

News 13 found onlyone poll on the issue, and it showed 51 percent of North Carolinians support House Bill 2.

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Employment attorney Jessica Leaven called McCrory's Executive Order a good first step.

"But I don't see that this order does anything. It doesn't change the law. The only thing that can change the law is the legislature when they come back to session," Leaven, a partner at Grimes Teich Anderson, said.

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The law still bans local governments from creating a higher minimum wage than the state.

"This is a terrible idea that will have a profoundly negative impact on our city," Casey Campfield, an Asheville business owner, said.

Asheville Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler urged people to take their message beyond Asheville. She told people to contact their state legislators.

The city will send its resolution to local state legislators.

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