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Chapel Hill is third to pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in N.C. since end of HB142

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Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 9:03 PM EST
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WBTV) - Chapel Hill has become the third in North Carolina to pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections since the end of House Bill 142.

The Town Council of Chapel Hill, North Carolina voted to pass an ordinance Wednesday night broadly protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

This comes in the same week that Hillsborough, NC and Carrboro, NC passed similar ordinances.

Municipalities regained the freedom to pass such measures on Dec. 1, 2020, following the expiration of HB142.

From 2016 until Dec. 1, 2020, the state laws HB2 and HB142 banned municipalities from protecting their residents from discrimination.

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.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, elected officials from the Orange County Commission and Durham City Council will consider similar protections.

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