Charlotte mayor says city won't compromise on LGBT law

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CHARLOTTTE, N.C. (AP) - The mayor of Charlotte says the city will not compromise on its equality law allowing transgender people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Mayor Jennifer Roberts told the city's most influential LGBT supporters Wednesday the city council will not back off its equal rights ordinance.

The Charlotte ordinance prompted North Carolina lawmakers to approve a bill that requires people in government buildings to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

The state law has been widely criticized. It was reported that top legislative leaders met privately with Roberts about defusing the national backlash against the law.

Legislative leaders have suggested if Charlotte repealed its nondiscrimination ordinance, the General Assembly might change the much-criticized state law.

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