>> Ecstatic UNC fans in Chapel Hill celebrating the Tar Heels sixth NCAA Championship Monday night. And they may have more to celebrate, the College Sports League on Tuesday announcing they would again consider allowing North Carolina to host championship games. The NCAA's reversal coming after state lawmakers in Raleigh last week replaced a controversial law the league deemed discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
The so-called bathroom law required individuals use public restrooms in accordance with their sex at birth, not their gender identity. Reuters Editor Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem.>> The NCAA's move means that cities in North Carolina will once again have the chance to host potentially lucrative championship events that draw visitors from around the country to their local hotels and restaurants.
But it also restores something of the state's cultural identity. Many people here view basketball, in particular, as a religion. And the removal of two rounds of this month's division one men's basketball tournament to South Carolina was seen as a major blow.>> But North Carolina's reversal didn't go as far as many civil rights groups would have liked.
Passing a new law banning city's from enacting their own anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people until 2020. And permanently blocking local legal protections for transgender people in restrooms.>> Even supporters of the law passed last week call it imperfect but they view it as a necessary step in their bid to end boycotts by major sports leagues and businesses.
Opponents, however, are calling the law HB 2.0. They said it will continue to allow discrimination against LGBT people and in particular will target transgender people by failing to ensure them access to public bathrooms that match their gender identity.>> The NCAA was less than enthusiastic in its announcement Tuesday, saying quote, as with most compromises, this new law is far from perfect.
But in the end, a majority of the NCAA Board of Governors reluctantly voted to allow consideration of championship bids in North Carolina.