The good folks at Think Progress have even more bad news for the state of North Carolina in the ongoing wake of HB2:
On Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new requirement: Sites bidding on NCAA events must demonstrate that they will provide a safe environment, free of discrimination.
The directive could have a serious impact on North Carolina, which is scheduled to host NCAA tournament games in both 2017 and 2018, and has been the focus of widespread backlash after the recent passage of an anti-LGBT law.
In March, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed HB2, a law that blocks North Carolina cities from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances and forces transgender men and women to use the bathroom that aligns with their birth certificate, not their gender identity, into law. Mississippi passed a similar law, scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
While the NCAA statement doesn’t officially mention HB2, the writing on the wall seems clear: If North Carolina doesn’t say goodbye to HB2, it might have to say goodbye to hosting March Madness.
“Currently awarded sites must report how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” the NCAA said in a statement to Andy Katz of ESPN. “The information must be reported to the Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity, and full implementation is expected during the current bidding process.” Read more