NCAA satisfied with North Carolina 'bathroom bill' replacement
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 10:39
But Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed the compromise bill Thursday to repeal elements of the law after passage by the state legislature earlier in the day even while saying it wasn't a ideal solution.
Critics had called the law "anti-LGBT".
"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 organization said in a statement April 4.
The NCAA was boycotting the basketball-loving state because of House Bill 2. Use of such facilities is still the prerogative of the state legislature.
The original bathroom bill, H.B. As the Charlotte Observer's editorial board points out, the compromise bill "dodges the whole bathroom question".
It is disappointing to see the NCAA backpedal after it stood strong against the deeply discriminatory HB2.
In a statement, the NCAA said on Tuesday that a majority of its board of governors "reluctantly voted to allow consideration" of cities in the state.
Now HB2 has been repealed, and the events the Tar Heel State was planning to host in the 2017-2018 season are coming back.
Meanwhile, conservatives contend that the threats by the NCAA, the ACC and others to blackball North Carolina as long as House Bill 2 remained on the books was simply "manufactured outrage".
We have been assured by the state that this new law allows the NCAA to enact its inclusive policies by contract with communities, universities, arenas, hotels, and other service providers that are doing business with us, our students, other participants, and fans.
The bill kicked off a furor that garnered nationwide attention.
It also prohibits regulations related to employment including LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. It also prohibits local governments from enacting or amending ordinances regulating private employment practices or public accommodations until December 1, 2020.
In testimony before the state Senate previous year, North Carolina Family Policy Council President John Rustin said that the Charlotte ordinance meant that "men could enter women's restrooms and locker rooms - placing the privacy, safety, and dignity of women and the elderly at great risk".
'But it is important that they recognized progress in this legislation, and they recognized that even though it wasn't everything they wanted, that it was enough for them to come back and to join us in the fight to continue to improve our laws so people can be protected from discrimination'.
A press release published by the NCAA reveals that, while the Board of Governors is "concerned that some may perceive North Carolina's moratorium against affording opportunities for communities to extend basic civil rights as a signal that discriminatory behavior is permitted and acceptable", the association feels the new law "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" for hosting championships. Meanwhile, several companies, including PayPal, scrapped plans to invest in the state, while many celebrities canceled concerts or other appearances.