RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NCAA’s decision to pull some championship events from North Carolina because of state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people (all times local):
A Republican state senator says the North Carolina legislature should consider repealing the law she and other GOP colleagues approved in March limiting anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people and which bathrooms transgender people can use.
Sen. Tamara Barringer represents Cary, where four NCAA championship events were to occur before the group took them away Monday because of the law known as House Bill 2. Republican lawmakers have been otherwise united either defending the law or only making small adjustments.
Barringer said Tuesday that with the NCAA decision to move events from North Carolina there have been too many “unintended effects” of HB 2.
Supporters of the law say it was designed to keep men or boys from sharing school or government building restrooms or locker rooms with girls. Barringer says she doesn’t want those situations to occur, either.
Barringer is seeking re-election this November to her swing district.
Gov. Pat McCrory says the NCAA failed to show North Carolina respect when it moved championships and tournament games out of the state because of a law that governs which bathrooms transgender people must use.
McCrory responded Tuesday to the NCAA’s decision. The Monday action was related to House Bill 2, which McCrory signed into law.
The law in part says people must use school and government bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. Several groups have challenged that in federal court. Meanwhile, other states are fighting an Obama administration directive for transgender people to use school bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.
McCrory says institutions should let such litigation take its course without threats of “economic threats or political retaliation.” He says the NCAA failed to do that at the expense of North Carolina “student athletes and hard-working men and women.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert says whether the Atlantic Coast Conference decides to follow the association’s lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people is completely up to the league and its members.
The ACC championship football game is schedule to be held in Charlotte on Dec. 3.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a strong statement Monday night against the law known as HB2. He said he expects the conference’s presidents and chancellors to consider relocating the game.
The law requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, supports the NCAA’s decision to pull events from North Carolina.
She tweeted: “The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB2 law. Discrimination has no place in America. -H”
NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press the financial impact on the association for moving championship events and tournaments out of North Carolina on short notice has yet to be determined.
“It’ll cost some money and, of course, North Carolina is a great venue and always has a lot of fans,” Emmert told The Associated Press in an interview. “There will be some financial impact for the association, but the board is well aware of that and they recognize the issue was more important than the finances.”
Emmert said no new sites for the seven pulled events have been identified yet, and he has not set a deadline on replacements venues being picked. But he said his staff is working aggressively to relocate events.