North Carolina future uncertain after 'Bathroom bill' reset

North Carolina future uncertain after 'Bathroom bill' reset
North Carolina future uncertain after 'Bathroom bill' reset
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02 April, 2017

Now, almost a year after the Springsteen and E Street Band boycott, the bathroom law was overturned on Thursday, thanks to new Gov. Roy Cooper's signature on a replacement bill.

"House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud over our great state of North Carolina", Cooper said in a video message Thursday evening. But it also ensures that all LGBT people - not just transgender people seeking to relieve themselves - are left vulnerable to discrimination for at least four more years.

"(NCAA) committees have been waiting to see whether or not North Carolina was going to change their laws", Emmert said Thursday. "HB142 only continues this discrimination by barring cities from passing non-discrimination protections until 2020 and making it illegal for cities to pass transgender protection".

On Twitter, Cooper acknowledged the new law's failings, saying "It wasn't a ideal deal or my preferred solution".

Republican legislators in North Carolina have agreed to repeal a controversial law which sought to bar transgender persons from using bathrooms according to the gender they identify with.

In response to HB2, the NCAA relocated seven of its sanctioned championship events out of North Carolina over the past year, including first-round games of this men's basketball tournament being moved from Greensboro to Greenville, South Carolina.

A so-called "compromise" bill to repeal the state's anti-transgender HB2 was no compromise at all. The bill was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper Thursday afternoon. Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors will meet within "the next handful of days" to determine if the ban will be lifted.

After a year of backlash, the compromise plan was announced Wednesday night.

"There's nothing automatic, but I don't know if we'll need to reapply", McRainey said. Also, businesses canceled expansions or moves to North Carolina, the National Basketball Association withdrew its All-Star Game from Charlotte, and entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts. In a statement, the director of the North Carolina Values Coalition said: "The truth remains, no basketball game, corporation, or entertainment event is worth even on little girl losing her privacy and dignity to a boy in the locker room, or being harmed or frightened in a bathroom".

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"It appears they were trying to bring basketball back to North Carolina, and it came at a cost to the LGBT community", said Ben Graumann, a spokesman for Equality NC, an LGBT rights group. "I expect we should start seeing championships in Cary again very soon".

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

The sporting stakes are not small: Five years of upcoming NCAA events, the 2019 and 2020 ACC basketball tournaments and other ACC events, the viability of MLS expansion bids in Raleigh and Charlotte and the NBA All-Star Game all rest on how this partial repeal is perceived.

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Texas also could lose tournament games in the future over a bathroom bill championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The conference also relocated men's and women's tennis championships, set for April 26 to 30 of this year, from Cary.

If the weight of billions of dollars in economic loss, national humiliation and - heaven help us - a canceled Bruce Springsteen show didn't sway Republican lawmakers to do the right thing, it's hard to imagine what protections will be passed at the state level now simply by asking nicely.

North Carolina has its progressive pockets.

Sarah Gillooly, policy director of the ACLU of North Carolina, agrees, calling the measure a "disgraceful backroom deal".

In one game the University of SC, which is playing in this weekend's Final Four, upset second-seeded Duke.


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