ACC Will Consider North Carolina After HB2 Deal

This week, the state of North Carolina moved to "repeal" the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act - or as you know it, House Bill 2/HB2/the bathroom bill.

It was one of the most controversial state laws in recent times and led to many boycotts from companies, music stars and sports organisations.

"Roy Cooper forfeited the chance to make a principled stand against a new bill that essentially is window-dressing", said Grayson Haver Currin of Raleigh, a registered Democrat who past year led weekly blastings of air horns and noisemakers near the Executive Mansion in protest of HB2.

The repeal gets rid of the most talked about part of the state's "bathroom bill": the requirement that people use the restroom matching the gender marked on their birth certificate.

"If there's in any way still discrimination for gays and transgender people, you can't say everything's back to normal", said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising.

The deal to replace HB 2 came together on Wednesday night, just ahead of an NCAA deadline to amend the law. 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.

"The ACC Council of Presidents has voted that North Carolina will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships", the conference's statement said.

"This new law does not repeal HB2", Griffin said.

To be sure, Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC and other groups also leveled plenty of blame on GOP legislative leaders. The electorate won't turn on Cooper if businesses consider the state again, he said.

What lawmakers signed in exchange for the "repeal" of HB2 was a moratorium on local ordinances "regulating public accommodations or private employment practices" - or basic anti-discrimination laws - until December 1, 2020. The ACC previously held a contract with Bank of America Stadium to host the game in Charlotte through the 2019 season.

The ACC pulled games from North Carolina past year and threatened to remove its 2017 football championship from Charlotte as well if HB2 remained on the books. House Bill 142 inhibits local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020.

"This is a compromise", said Rep. Phil Berger, an Eden Republican who's president pro tempore of the state Senate, "and compromises are oftentimes hard to get to".

"There were four distinct problems that the board had with that bill", Emmert said.

HB 2 was passed in response to an ordinance in Charlotte, the state's largest city, that permitted transgender people to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.

"They can take away our basketball games", Patrick said during a Thursday morning radio interview on The Mark Davis Show.

Basketball may be back, and that's great, but North Carolina still has a lot of work to do.

North Carolina politicians are rolling back a law that blocked some anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, but it isn't yet clear if it's enough to coax back businesses and sporting events that have skipped the state. "We hope they continue to stand against it".

"We are delighted to be informed the ACC will be returning ACC Championships to North Carolina", a statement from the Greensboro Coliseum read.

  • Salvatore Jensen