meckbocc2012CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 6-3 on Tuesday night to amend their human resources and equal employment policies to include protections on the basis of gender identity and expression.

The policy change was successful, but only so after some interesting and rough debate from the commission dais. Elected officials and activists even took some of their debate online, trading barbs on social networking site Twitter. Here’s some of the best and worst of that online debate, including some online commentary from this writer’s personal Twitter account.

(Note: Like the dais debate itself, some messages below may contain offensive statements.)

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.