ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change

Posted April 02, 2017

Roy Cooper said Thursday he has signed a bill that repeals the state's bathroom law.

Those who called for the repeal of North Carolina's "bathroom bill" got what they wanted yesterday - and still, says pro-family leader Tony Perkins, they're "absolutely livid" because it didn't go far enough.

HB2, which came into force a year ago, forced people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth.

As for other potential political hot spots, such as Texas where lawmakers are considering a similar bill and where the Final Four will be next year, the NCAA is in no rush to weigh in. "Once again, the North Carolina General Assembly has enshrined discrimination into North Carolina law".

Cooper acknowledges that it's not a flawless deal and stops short of many things the state needs to do.

LGBT advocates, meanwhile, say the "reset" under House Bill 142 is not a true repeal, and still exposes gay and transgender people to discrimination.

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The NCAA is expected to decide within days whether to locate dozens of championships in North Carolina through 2022.

"I hope this news reaffirms your faith in Charlotte as an inclusive destination that welcomes all who visit and bring business here", the CRVA said in a sample letter to customers.

Rep. Deb Butler, D-New Hanover, woke up Thursday morning to the news that legislators had begun a new deal to repeal part of House Bill 2.

The new measure cleared the House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in a matter of hours.

I can't see how the NCAA will do anything but tell North Carolina lawmakers that Thursday's shot just rimmed out.

Raleigh's News & Observer offers two honest, well-argued and contrasting views this morning on yesterday's HB2 repeal/compromise - a new law that many are referring to as HB2.0. But the new law included other provisions, including a prohibition on local governments from regulating public accommodations or private employment practices before December 1, 2020.

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Emmert said that North Carolina's history as a host for such events played a major role in the NCAA's patience in waiting for H.B.

"I think what the NCAA is anxious about is having a tournament where a team doesn't show up", Armijo said. "We still have this problem that exists", Miller said.

"The recently passed legislation allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral-site conference championships being held in the state", Swofford said.

Make no mistake. Thanks to a hasty (one day) action to pass HB2 to overturn a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify - something they'd been doing for decades anyway - North Carolina suffered huge casualties. "It is something that I think satisfies some people, dissatisfies some people, but I think it's a good thing for North Carolina". While we disagree with Governor Cooper on this compromised repeal bill, we do agree on this: local ordinances aren't enough. "They repealed a bill". The NCAA pulled events from the state over the past year in part because six states had banned non-emergency spending on travel to North Carolina, for example by sports teams from public universities.

The sporting stakes are not small: Five years of upcoming NCAA events, the 2019 and 2020 ACC basketball tournaments and other ACC events, the viability of MLS expansion bids in Raleigh and Charlotte and the NBA All-Star Game all rest on how this partial repeal is perceived.

State Rep. Bert Jones, a Republican from Reidsville, suggested lowering the US and North Carolina flags over the state Capitol to "fly the flag of a certain intercollegiate association and a white flag" over the building. However, LBGT rights groups and critics are calling today's bill a "repeal" in name only. Decisions would be made starting this week.

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