NCAA Will Allow Events in North Carolina

Rachel Hardy
April 11, 2017

North Carolina's new bathroom law, formerly called House Bill 2, places the same prohibitions on cities that want to pass nondiscrimination ordinances that Texas' proposal would.

Cooper went on to acknowledge that the repeal and replacement of House Bill 2 wasn't all he or the NCAA had wanted, and vowed that the fight to continue to improve anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community would continue.

Reacting to the NCAA's announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, issued a statement saying, "While more work remains to be done, it's good news that the NCAA will be returning to North Carolina". While officials no longer required citizens to enter bathrooms that match their birth certificates, the law prevents efforts to stop discrimination by prohibiting local governments from passing measures supporting the right of transgender persons to use the bathroom of their identity.

In the wake of a deal struck between North Carolina's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and leading state Senate Republicans to roll back parts of the discriminatory HB2 "Bathroom Bill", the NCAA has made a decision to bring college championships back to the state.

The NCAA said that this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment. When the NCAA took its initial stand on HB2, it listed four specific objections to North Carolina's law, as opposed to similar laws in other states.

NCAA championship locations through 2022 are expected to be announced later this month.

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"I was really upset when I heard about North Carolina", Mosier said in the video. "The business community has been very supportive of N.C. and our goal was primarily to support them in growing the N.C. economy". We need your support to keep our talented reporters, editors and photographers holding government accountable, looking out for the public interest, and separating fact from fiction. The ACC Tournament will also be played in Charlotte in 2019 and Greensboro in 2020.

One of the many signs brought into Wilmington City Council Chambers following the passage of HB2 past year.

"It's now clear that there is no way for the NCAA to placate the far left, which will accept nothing less than the total surrender of those opposed to its agenda of opening every shower, locker room and bathroom to both men and women".

The law, passed in March 2016 and formally known as "The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act", mandated that state law would overrule any local ordinances related to employment, wages and public accommodations. It said it will resume the boycott if legislators change state laws again, which could very well happen. But the repeal was enough to satisfy organizations like the NCAA and end the boycott.

"As with most compromises, this new law is far from flawless", NCAA said. The vote will allow the state to be considered for future tournament hosting, including the 2017-18 season.

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