>> The NCAA on Tuesday quick to defend its decision pull college sports championship events out of North Carolina due to the state's controversial trans-gender bathroom law.>> Fairness and inclusion are right at the heart of what the NCAA does and what universities do. And so for our university Presidents, this was the proverbial no-brainer.
The strong stance comes two months after the NBA's decision to move it's All Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans for the same reason. And will no doubt deal a blow to North Carolina. A college basketball haven which was scheduled to host the first two rounds of the March Madness Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro.
Reuters' Colleen Jenkins is in North Carolina.>> The state has hosted more Division one men's basketball tournament games than any other state in the country, and many people make it a tradition to attend the games here. Now that that cultural phenomenon has been impacted by this policy. One political professor I spoke with said that it may cause people to re-think their position on that policy.
Commonly known as House Bill 2, or HB2, the law bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identities. It's become a flash-point for LGBT rights, sparking state boycotts by companies and musicians. And for republican governor Pat McRory, currently up for reelection, who signed the bill in to law despite widespread criticism from those who see it as discriminatory.
Republicans in support of HB2 frame it as a public safety issue. The NCAA is also stripping the state of college soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse and baseball championship events for the coming academic year.