College athletic league signals return to North Carolina after LGBT law revoked
- Author: Stacy Houston Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 2:06
On the left, you've got people like Progress NC Action Executive Director Gerrick Brenner calling the bill a "brutal compromise, the result of a Republican supermajority that is willing to hold North Carolina hostage and inflict economic damage on our state instead of extending dignity and respect to the LGBT community".
"What we want to do is cut through the sales job the governor and the legislature have done on this and explain to companies and to the leagues that the worst harms of HB2 are still law in North Carolina today", said Olivia Dalton, a senior vice president of the Human Rights Campaign.
Polifact is estimating that the law cost the economy of North Carolina somewhere between $450 to $630 million.
On Friday, the ACC, which had shifted the conference's recent women's basketball tournament to SC because of House Bill 2, said it would once again consider North Carolina sites to host events because of the repeal.
LGBTQ advocates don't like a provision in the repeal that blocks municipalities from regulating public restrooms and changing areas until December of 2020. The deal also blocks cities from offering their own job and bathroom protections to groups classified as vulnerable for almost four years. Following the passage of HB 2, the NCAA announced that it was cancelling all championship events in the state between 2018 and 2022, pending repeal of the law. They've changed the law. Some joined hard-line conservatives in opposing the bill, though their reasons differed: Many Republicans saw no need for any repeal. The bill defined biological sex as the gender identified on the person's birth certificate, rather than a person's gender identity.
Republicans in the state legislature said the law was needed to prevent crimes by men in the women's bathroom, but statistics and anecdotes show that has never been a problem. HB142 repeals HB2, but it preserves a divisive element that inhibits local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020. The compromise passed yesterday meant to encourage the NCAA to reverse its position by a noon deadline yesterday on future venue awards for its championship series. President Mark Emmert said the NCAA will review the HB2 repeal bill. "It has a place there with so many great programs", Buddie said, alluding to the five North Carolina schools that reached the NCAA Tournament this year, including his alma mater, Wake Forest University. California and NY had banned nonessential travel by state employees to North Carolina after HB2 became law. Opponents say that's nonsense and the danger is imagined.
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"I think that stigma will go away", Webster said.
North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber says the new bill is convoluted and is a furtherance of discrimination.
"Greenville, Columbia, Charleston. Even with none of this HB2 stuff, competition in this part of the country was going to get a lot more hard", said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Raleigh Sports Alliance.
The fact is this: The repeal doesn't make transgender lives in North Carolina any better. "The whole situation has sort of soured the broader national desire to locate in North Carolina". A decision about whether North Carolina sites will be considered as event hosts needs to be made by early next week, Emmert said.
The Atlantic Coast Conference relocated championships to neutral sites due to the bill with the NCAA following suit by relocating all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year.