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North Carolina future uncertain after 'Bathroom bill' reset

The only true response for North Carolina is a complete and full repealing of all the discriminatory and harmful aspects of HB2 and for the state legislature to return democracy to the people and the state of North Carolina.

Those groups oppose the new bill, saying it still legalizes discrimination.

Bank of America, the largest North Carolina-based company, said in a news release: "We support this bipartisan measure to repeal HB2 and create the conditions for continued dialogue and progress". The bill signed into law Thursday, hours after lawmakers rushed its approval, was - in Mr. Cooper's words - "not a flawless deal and. not my preferred solution".

"If you say, well you can't go to that region because of state law, it puts everybody in a hard place obviously", Emmert said.

On Friday, the ACC, which had shifted the conference's recent women's basketball tournament to SC because of House Bill 2, said it would once again consider North Carolina sites to host events because of the repeal.

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The compromise was announced on Wednesday night, and it was reached under the pressure of losing more basketball events from the NCAA, which threatened the "basketball-obsessed state" with the loss of even more sporting events in the coming years if HB2 remained on the books.

The stakes are high for North Carolina: The Associated Press calculated that the state made $71.4 million from 28 neutral-site NCAA events in the five academic years ending last spring. "Every North Carolinian deserves to have their privacy respected in intimate settings like locker rooms and restrooms", said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. On March 23, the NCAA said it wouldn't consider scheduling any championship events in the Tar Heel State through 2022 if the bill didn't change.

Today, the North Carolina Senate voted 32-16 to pass the bill, and the House voted it through by 70 to 48.

He's referring to the NCAA, which this week is deciding on future championship sites.

"We're trying hard not to second-guess where states are going to go and not go", NCAA president Mark Emmert said. Critics say the law limited the rights of the LGBT community. "Today", he said, "we begin to end discrimination". And it bars local government from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances until December 1, 2020.

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While the new measure eliminates the rule on transgender bathroom use, it also makes clear that state legislators - not local government or school officials - are in charge of policy on public restrooms.

The NBA, the ACC, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr also cancelled events in North Carolina.

"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, Ariz.

"If we could have props in here, I would take a basketball covered in money and roll it down the middle aisle there, because that's what this is about - money and basketball", state Rep. Carl Ford, a Republican, said before voting no on the repeal. The proposal also says local governments can not "enact or amend" nondiscrimination ordinances that regulate private employment practices or public accommodations. Opponents say that's nonsense and the danger is imagined.

This puts the NCAA in a very interesting position: Is it "truly intolerant of an anti-gay environment and of a state that codifies discrimination", or is it simply only intolerant of egregiously obvious violations of human rights?

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