CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she is not ready to weigh in on the state lawmakers debate regarding changes to House Bill 2.
"I know that there is some draft legislation being talked about, it's only a draft," Mayor Roberts said, "I'm not sure, I know that there was something that was leaked. I don't know who is pushing it. I don't know who has signed onto it. I don't know if it has a reality of happening."
Governor Pat McCrory and lawmakers held a meeting Wednesday less than 24 hours after WBTV obtained a draft bill that seeks to walk back portions of the controversial House Bill 2, passed during a special session this spring restricting the rights of transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice.
House Bill 2 requires individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate, among other things. The bill was passed in a one-day special session and was signed by Governor Pat McCrory later that night.
Lawmakers said the law had to be pushed through the General Assembly before an ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council weeks earlier, which allowed individuals to use the bathroom of their choosing, took effect.
The bill's passage ignited a firestorm of controversy that has captured national attention and prompted discussion on how best to accommodate transgender individuals.
The NBA has been putting pressure on the state by questioning whether the league should hold its All-Star Game in Charlotte. The day after the bill was signed, the National Basketball Association (NBA) speculated that the bill might affect the Queen City hosting the 2017 All-Star Game. It's scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 17.
"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events," the organization said in a release via Twitter after House Bill 2 was passed. "We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte," the statement continued.
Mayor Roberts said the city has been in discussions with the NBA.
"We have been talking to the NBA and saying that we are committed, Charlotte stood up and did the right thing. We are committed to continuing to make our city the most welcoming inclusive city that we can. We've shown those values. We had those values before March 23. We have those values now. We will continue to express those values in everything that we do," Roberts said.
But on the proposed changes to HB2, Roberts said she is withholding judgement until she can consult with lawyers.
"I'm really hesitant to comment on anything until I know what is actually being proposed what the legal ramifications are," Roberts said.