Emmert: NCAA will decide next week whether to return to NC

02 April, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Patsy Dennis

But he said the presidents of the conference's universities would "reopen the discussion" about holding neutral site championships in the state.

The ACC and NCAA considered HB 2 discriminatory against LGBT people, and both sports governing bodies had removed all neutral-site championship events from North Carolina while HB 2 remained law. President Mark Emmert said the NCAA will review the HB2 repeal bill.

Groups advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the nation echoed Wallace's statement, calling the changes to North Carolina's bill a "fake repeal" parading as real change.

According to Politifact North Carolina, HB2 cost the state $450 million to $630 million, and a minimum of 1,400 jobs.

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

The compromise deal came quickly; the version adopted by the legislature was publically a bill for less than 24 hours. Cooper said the protections are temporarily delayed, and he will work to ensure they are not denied forever. They demanded nothing less than full repeal. "It stops short of many things we need to do as a state".

Gov. Roy Cooper signed the measure into law, saying, "For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud hanging over our great state". It was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.

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It looks like the controversial North Carolina "bathroom law" may be going down the toilet.

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt tweeted Thursday that "It ain't over until the LGBT community and the ACLU say it's over".

Liberals and conservatives alike aren't happy about the new bill.

The law also prohibits government agencies from establishing transgender-friendly bathrooms and locker rooms. And it bars local government from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances until December 1, 2020.

The Senate voted 32-16 in support, shortly after the bill passed the General Assembly.

Governor Cooper admitted the deal was not flawless. The bill passed the Senate, and then went to the House, where it also passed.

Not everyone is pleased with the deal.

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The Human Rights Campaign on Friday accelerated its effort to convince the NCAA and corporations that the law that repealed HB2 continues to discriminate against the LGBT community.

"From one Republican to another", she said in a Twitter video in February, "This is a disaster and you can still fix it".

Cooper acknowledged that the deadline amounted to enormous pressure on Republican lawmakers to repeal the bathroom bill, or face the embarrassment of an NCAA boycott.

Two-thirds of the chamber's 50 senators approved the bill Thursday. The measure next moves to the state House for a vote. Dan Bishop, spoke out against the new deal. HB2 overturned local anti-discrimination measures and required people to choose restrooms in government buildings based on their gender at birth. The organization's president, Chad Griffin, called the NCAA on Wednesday night to protest the compromise. The site selection committees began meeting this week. This inadequate, necessary replacement for a stupid, unnecessary law - repealing HB2 itself but extending restrictions on local anti-discrimination laws through 2020 - helps the latter far more than the former. If they didn't compromise today, he's not sure anything would have ever gotten done.

The NCAA's stance on HB2 doesn't affect teams that earn the right to host postseason games on their home turf. "Instead, they're enforcing the worst aspects of the law", in a statement.

"Some of them will be announced very soon, and they'll tell you they wouldn't have done it without this legislation", Cooper said.

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