College athletic league signals return to North Carolina after LGBT law revoked

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13 April, 2017

North Carolina's Senate has approved a bill to retool a law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identities, a measure that had triggered boycotts by companies and sports leagues.

The bill's repeal is being met with resistance from those on both sides of the issue, from original supporters of the measure who believe people will be at risk to opponents of it who think the repeal doesn't do enough to prevent discrimination. This is not a repeal of HB2.

Governor Roy Cooper had been expected to sign the bill, passed yesterday by the North Carolina General Assembly, but as objections have grown louder and more widespread, a "Plan B" may need to be put into play.

"The underlying reason why businesses left in the first place is because North Carolina passed a law that discriminated". An Associated Press analysis (http://apne.ws/2ocOSnu) this week found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. The organization's president, Chad Griffin, called the NCAA on Wednesday night to protest the compromise.

John Swofford, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, said Thursday that the repeal "allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral-site conference championships being held in the state of North Carolina".

The deal came together after the NCAA warned that North Carolina wouldn't be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 unless HB2 was changed.

It's hard to celebrate fending off disaster with the NCAA when North Carolina remains one of the least welcoming and inclusive states in the nation.

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North Carolina politicians are rolling back a law that blocked some anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, but it isn't yet clear if it's enough to coax back businesses and sporting events that have skipped the state.

"What we proved two weeks ago is that there is a place for basketball in SC too", Buddie said. The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is leading our efforts on the ground. It also says state legislators - not local government or school officials - are in charge of policy on public restrooms. Gone, until December 2020, was the ability of local governments to enact other non-discrimination ordinances.

"I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss", Emmert said. So, not only can cities not pass laws protecting the equal rights of transgender persons until 2020, they never can with respect to bathrooms. He and other Democrats who supported the compromise said they concluded that a modest step toward undoing the law was the best they could hope for while Republicans have veto-proof majorities in the legislature.

"Everybody loves being in North Carolina for our games".

Carcano says this proposal doesn't repeal House Bill 2 but only replaces it with a "new form of violence" against LGBT people and is sacrificing "our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball".

"I'm not going to throw my governor under the bus", Michaux said before voting for the bill.

Cities including Raleigh and Greensboro have submitted 133 bids to host NCAA championship events in such sports as golf, swimming and basketball through the 2021-22 academic year, with a potential economic impact of about $250 million, according to the North Carolina Sports Association.


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