NC towns considering more LGBT protections after moratorium

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HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — 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 on successive nights, beginning Monday in Hillsborough.

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Carrboro’s council meets Tuesday and Chapel Hill’s on Wednesday.

Gay-rights groups say if approved the ordinances would be the first since the General Assembly’s pause on such rules from 2017 expired last month. 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 restroom access for transgender people.