The NCAA announced this morning that it will allow North Carolina to resume hosting championship games after previously yanking games from the state over a law that actively discriminates against LGBT people. While most progressive and LGBT groups denounced the “compromise law” pushed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper as a fake repeal, the NCAA has declared that it “meets the minimal NCAA requirements.”
“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 press release issued this morning. “If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-free environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time.”
Noting that the new law will prohibit local communities from enacting non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, the organization brushed aside those concerns saying it only restored the status quo. The state does not have a comprehensive non-discrimination law.
“While the new law meets the minimal NCAA requirements, the board remains 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, which is inconsistent with the NCAA Bylaws,” the organization said.
“However, we recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2. And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships.”
The complete statement is on the next page.