ACC commissioner John Swofford recently discussed the controversial, anti-LGBT law that was passed in the state of North Carolina. The HB2 legislation requires all students to use the restroom according to the gender stated on their birth certificates.
While that has lead to many organizations and companies speaking out against the law and removing their own business, Swofford has said no decision has been made on whether the conference will pull events from the state.
“As long as that venue and city can provide us with a statement of fairness and non-discrimination in every respect and assure that our student-athletes and fans and everybody associated with the event will be treated in a non-discriminatory way, then we will maintain the commitments that we have,” Swofford said, via ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
The ACC also released a statement on the issue.
“The Atlantic Coast Conference and its member institutions remain committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Discrimination in any form has no place in higher education and college athletics, and the safe and respectful treatment of student-athletes, coaches and fans regardless of gender, will remain a priority. During the 2016 ACC Spring Meetings, the leagues faculty athletics representatives, athletic directors, senior women administrators and student-athlete representatives discussed North Carolina’s HB2 and its effects.
“The membership strongly supports the league continuing to engage at the highest levels regarding the effects of this law on its constituents as it evaluates current and future events and championships within the state of North Carolina. The league will also require commitments to provide safe and inclusive environments from sites for which there are current commitments for ACC Championships.”
With the ACC baseball championship set to take place in Durham and the ACC football championship set in Charlotte, it’s clear that the conference may have to make a decision soon.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
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