North Carolina's 'bathroom law' is headed for repeal

Emmert said the NCAA Board will ultimately decide: "Can (North Carolina) host events that reflect the values of the association in the venues that are available for us?"

"I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss", Emmert in his news conference on Thursday preceding the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.

The move by the ACC was a hopeful sign for supporters of the repeal who hoped it would be enough to persuade boycotting organizations to end protests that cost North Carolina's economy hundreds of millions of dollars. "Instead, they're enforcing the worst aspects of the law", in a statement.

The NCAA pulled events from the state over the past year in part because six states had banned non-emergency spending on travel to North Carolina, for example by sports teams from public universities.

Since the ACC basketball tournament started was first held in 1954, North Carolina cities have hosted it 51 of the 64 years. The NCAA has not yet responded to the rollback of HB2. The NCAA is expected to announce championship sites April 18.

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

Many said that the new law still denies gay and transgender people certain protections from discrimination. The NCAA and ACC had moved events from the Tar Heel state due to HB2.

"I am torn apart because I want to support my governor, and I want to support the efforts that we are trying to make, to make things at least a little bit better", Democratic Rep. Yvonne Holley of Raleigh said during debate on the legislation, adding that it reminded her of past disputes in North Carolina history over racial equity. "This is not a flawless deal, and this is not my preferred solution", he said.

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

"What we witnessed was a last minute idea thrown together with little thought of protecting transgender residents", said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis.

Having said that, if basketball is what it takes to get North Carolina to repeal this particular discriminatory law, so be it.

"The ACC Council of Presidents has voted that North Carolina will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships". "North Carolinians must update our state's nondiscrimination laws to fully protect the LGBTQ community & we'll keep working until that happens".

Some pro-business advocacy groups said the legislature didn't go far enough.

For months, opponents of the law insisted they would accept only a full repeal.

House Bill 2 is a law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Brad Wilson, the retiring chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, praised the bipartisan nature of the successful repeal initiative, saying it enables the state to restore its reputation and become stronger because the two parties worked together. State lawmakers said that was an overreach.

In its place, the HB 2 repeal prevented local jurisdictions from enacting such anti-discrimination measures until 2020.



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