"The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose anti-discrimination ordinance was invalidated by Republican state legislators with a law that became a national lightning rod, still fears reprisals by those lawmakers.

If Charlotte defies the state legislature by passing the same ordinance again, “They can take sales tax revenue away, they’ll probably restructure our council — I mean, we’ve heard people threaten that,” said Jennifer Roberts, a former diplomat who’s been mayor city since 2015. “It truly is not an equal negotiation.”"

rest at https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-24/gay-rights-advocates-look-to-cities-as-firewall-against-rollback

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