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Nathan Encourages His Home Town Council to Pass Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Morrisville.




Morrisville Resident Nathan Click Encourages His Home Town Council to Pass Non-Discrimination Ordinance for Full Civil Rights Protections

Morrisville would join at least twelve other NC cities, counties, and towns (including six in Triangle) to pass civil rights protections since the full repeal of HB2 in December of 2020.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022
CONTACT: Gerrick Brenner
(919) 452-2248
gerrick@nc4nc.com

MORRISVILLE - U.S. Air Force Veteran and Morrisville resident Nathan Click submitted public comment Tuesday night to the local town council of Morrisville asking councilmembers to pass a non-discrimination ordinance similar to twelve others across the state, including six in the Triangle region.
North Carolina cities, town, and counties have been able to pass local non-discrimination ordinaces since December 1, 2020, when a ban on those local protections sunsetted as part of the compromise legislation that repealed HB2 - the “Bathroom Bill” of 2016. Over the last year, at least twelve cities, counties, and towns have adopted non-discrimination ordinances. Those are the counties of Buncombe, Chatham and Orange , the cities of Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, and the towns of Apex, Carborro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough.
“Standing up for equality is important as we consider the climate we are in,” Nathan said in a letter read aloud at the town council meeting. Because of COVID restrictions, public comments were received only in writing. “We have some state leaders trying to divide people against each other. Morrisville can send a signal that this great town wants to include all people in continuing to make this North Carolina’s best place to live, work, and enjoy a great quality of life.”
In 2020, Money Magazine ranked the Town of Morrisville as one of the ten best places to live in America. The National Civics League has awarded Morrisville as an All-America City, and Niche, the website that connects families with schools, said Morrisville is the #1 best place to live in all of North Carolina.
“We can send a signal to the world that Morrisville is the best place to live for ALL North Carolinians in North Carolina,” added Nathan. “We can do that by passing a non-discrimination ordinance that sends a clear signal that Morrisville is welcoming to all people - all people of color, all ethnicities, to our friends in the LGBTQ+ community, to the disabled, the elderly, people of all religions, veterans, and everyone.”

Nathan’s full letter to the Morrisville Town Council is below:

Good evening Members of the Morrisville Town Council:


My name is Nathan Click. I live at 144 Black Ridge Street in Morrisville. My wife, four children and I have been residents of Morrisville for the last seven years.


I would have spoken to you in person tonight, if not for the COVID restrictions. Thank you for taking steps to keep us safe during this pandemic.


Tonight, I encourage you as the Town Council to pass a townwide non-discrimination ordinance to bring full civil rights protections to everyone living, working, and enjoying life in Morrisville.


The word is out about how wonderful our town of Morrisville is. It’s a tribute in no small part to smart decisions by those of you in civic leadership.


To quickly review, Morrisville was ranked by Money Magazine as one of the ten best places to live in the US. Morrisville was just labeled an All-America City. One online journal ranked Morrisville as the best place to live in North Carolina.


And we can send a signal to the world that Morrisville is the best place to live for ALL North Carolinians in North Carolina.


We can do that by passing a non-discrimination ordinance that sends a clear signal that Morrisville is welcoming to all people - all people of color, all ethnicities, to our friends in the LGBTQ+ community, to the disabled, the elderly, people of all religions, veterans, and everyone.


Since December of 2020, at least 12 North Carolina municipalities have passed non-discrimination ordinances. Half of those are right here in the Triangle. They are the city of Durham, the towns of Apex, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough and the County of Orange. Morrisville should be part of that list as well.


We are in the heart of Research Triangle Park, where many great forward-thinking employers have strong policies of inclusion. We should support those great employers and their great employees, many of whom live here in Morrisville.


Standing up for equality is also important as we consider the climate we are in. We have some state leaders trying to divide people against each other. Morrisville can send a signal that this great town wants to include all people in continuing to make this North Carolina’s best place to live, work, and enjoy a great quality of life.


Thank you for your time and consideration. Again, the recent positive recognition of Morrisville is a testament to smart, progressive decisions by town leadership. A non-discrimination ordinance will send the right signal to the world that we are on the right path.


Thank you,

Nathan Click

Resident of Morrisville

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Nathan Click is a US Air Force Veteran, small business owner, and candidate for Congress in the 6th Congressional District of North Carolina, which includes Durham, Orange, Durham, and western Wake counties.


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