>> The NCAA announcing it's moving all college championship games out of North Carolina this academic year, thanks to the controversial law commonly known as House Bill 2, which bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. It's a major statement from college sports' governing body and comes two months after the NBA's decision to move its 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 playoffs.
The so-called bathroom battle had become a flash point for transgender rights and for Republican Governor Pat McCrory, currently up for re-election, who signed the bill into law despite widespread criticism from those who see it as discriminatory.>> The writing has been on the wall for quite some time to Governor McCrory and legislative leaders.
That having the worst anti-LGBT law in the nation on the books is deadly for the North Carolina economy, for tourism, and for our continued ability to host critical events like NCAA tournament games.>> Republicans in support of the law have framed it as a public safety issue.>> This is so absurd it's almost comical.
I mean, with this logic I generally look forward to the NCAA merging men's and women's sports into one unified, unisex team because that is what this logic is yielding.>> The NCAA is also stripping the state of college soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse, and baseball championship events, and will determine new locations for those competitions in the future.