Local governments in Orange County, North Carolina, are weighing this week the adoption of new special protections for individuals identifying as LGBTQ as a three-year state ban blocking further protections expires.
On December 1, a provision of House Bill 142, which voters approved to allow single-sex bathrooms and shower rooms to remain legal, expired. Municipal governments can now adopt further special protections for LGBTQ individuals.
With the ban now lifted, the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough – considered to be the most far-left in the state – have joined forces at the urging of groups such as Equality North Carolina to expand the special protections.
“As of December, a prohibition on any local governments passing non-discrimination ordinances expired,” Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said, according to a report at Chapelboro.com.
Lavelle explained further:
While there are no statewide protections covering certain groups of folks such as gay, lesbian and