Divisions remain over HB2 compromise, even after NCAA decision

Ross Houston
April 6, 2017

Those games were moved to Greenville, South Carolina, which had been banned from hosting events for years before that was lifted following the removal of a Confederate flag from state capitol grounds in 2015.

The NCAA reserves the right to "take necessary action" if it finds the environment in North Carolina prevents it from enforcing its own anti-discrimination policies. The controversial so-called "bathroom bill" required people to use the public bathroom that matched the gender marker on their birth certificate.

In February, the North Carolina Sports Association issued a letter to the General Assembly stating that if HB2 was not repealed, then the NCAA would pull championship events through 2022 from the state.

"We are actively determining site selections, and this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment", the statement said.

Every American deserves to live free of discrimination, and the law signed last week by Governor Cooper does nothing to protect the rights and dignity of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

"The sizable number of legislative Republicans who supported HB2 and rejected the repeal measure are unlikely to forget their disappointment with their leaders and with colleagues who were willing to accept the compromise". And it looks like the collegiate organization will reward that move by allowing sports events, like the NCAA basketball tournament, to return to the Tar Heel State.

Now that the NCAA has signaled its approval of the compromise, some fear that other states could be empowered to draft similar legislation.

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.

News of the NCAA's willingness to return to North Carolina was received with mixed feelings - its governor called it "good news" while others felt "deeply disappointed". The deal prohibits local communities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances for at least three years.

"By going back to North Carolina, they have lowered that standard significantly".

Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign responded, "After drawing a line in the sand and calling for repeal of HB2, the NCAA simply let North Carolina lawmakers off the hook".

"N. Carolina's failure to fully repeal HB2 & end loopholes allowing LGBTQ bigotry means we stand by policies barring government travel there", Seattle Mayor Ed Murray tweeted late Monday night.

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