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NC towns considering more LGBT protections after moratorium

Posted January 11, 2021 4:53 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2021 11:21 p.m. EST

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— Three North Carolina municipalities plan this week to discuss ordinances to expand more anti-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens.

Town boards for these Orange County communities have placed proposals on their agendas this week.

On Monday, Hillsborough approved the ordinance to expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens.

Carrboro's council meets Tuesday and Chapel Hill's on Wednesday to discuss passing ordinances on the topic.

Gay-rights groups say the ordinances, if enacted, would be the first approved since the General Assembly's 3 1/2-year pause on such rules expired Dec. 1. These groups have urged their passage by towns and cities. The moratorium emerged from a compromise between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers to do away with the state's 2016 “bathroom bill” related to transgender people.

The ordinances would make it unlawful within town limits for businesses to discriminate in employment and in offering goods and services to the public on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and other differences. Some proposals would subject violators to misdemeanors and fines.

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