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NCAA Caves, Will 'Reluctantly' Consider N.C. for Games


The National Collegiate Athletic Association says the half-hearted repeal of House Bill 2 convinced them to reconsider North Carolina as the site for future championship games.

North Carolina politicians have gotten their way -- the NCAA has said they will consider the state for future high-profile games now that officials "repealed" HB 2.

As everyone from Jane Fonda to the president of Human Rights Campaign has said, the repeal is not what the state's LGBT community wanted or deserved. While the state will no longer explicitly deny transgender people the right to use public facilities corresponding to their gender identity, it will allow local municipalities to decide that issue. The repeal also keeps a provision of the former law that bans the enacting of nondiscrimination ordinances; that prohibition will be in place until at least 2020.

The repeal -- called "fake" by the HRC and ACLU -- was done hastily to address a deadline set by the NCAA, which had told state officials they would not return to the state until HB 2 was gone.

The collegiate basketball association released a statement Tuesday to say it has reversed its ban on the Tar Heel State, but added that NCAA officials are not quite ecstatic over the repeal, either.

"While the new law meets the minimal NCAA requirements, the board remains concerned that some may perceive North Carolina's moratorium against affording opportunities for communities to extend basic civil rights as a signal that discriminatory behavior is permitted and acceptable, which is inconsistent with the NCAA Bylaws," the statement said, according to Politico.

[RELATED: Deal Struck to Repeal N.C.'s HB 2 -- But Is It Real Repeal?]

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