The NCAA has voted to allow the state of North Carolina to begin hosting champions events again after lawmakers made the decision to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) law.
The controversial law was viewed as anti-LGBTQ by many civil rights activists, with the laugh forcing people to use the bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate. Because of the law, the state had pulled all major championship events from the state, including the ACC Tournament and ACC Football Championship game.
HB2 also cost North Carolina opening round games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
“We have been assured by the state that this new law allows the NCAA to enact its inclusive policies by contract with communities, universities, arenas, hotels, and other service providers that are doing business with us, our students, other participants, and fans,” a statement from the NCAA read.
“Further, outside of bathroom facilities, the new law allows our campuses to maintain their own policies against discrimination, including protecting LGBTQ rights, and allows cities’ existing nondiscrimination ordinances, including LBGTQ protections, to remain effective.”
North Carolina can begin hosting championship events in the state once again beginning with the 2017-18 seasons.