On the heels of North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signing what one outlet is calling a “Blood-Curdling Anti-LGBT Law,” there is concern how it will impact the National Basketball League All Star Game that is slated to be played in Charlotte next year.
Just as Atlanta is facing the same scrutiny for a Super Bowl bid over a controversial proposed religious liberty bill in Georgia, the Tar Heel State’s law is now on the books. And it isn’t sitting well with NBA officials.
The league issued a statement that reads as follows: “The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it was have on our ability to hose the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte.”
North Carolina voided Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance that contained a debated provision allowing an LGBT person to use the restroom of his or her choice. There were concerns that women and children would not be safe in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a supporter of the ordinance, was asked to remove the use provision. Before any action was taken North Carolina legislators not only voided it, they took it many steps further creating a sweeping bill which overturned existing ordinances protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in cities and counties across the state, not to mention keeping transgender people from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“There are real concerns of ramifications from the business community, ramifications from federal funding and of what the federal government might do next,” Roberts said.
In the meantime, the Charlotte Hornets organizations have to be worried that such a law could force the NBA to pull the 2017 All Star Game and move it elsewhere.
The speed in which North Carolina passed HB2 is of great concern to the LGBT community because it was introduced and received overwhelming support leading to McCrory’s quick signature. The single ordinance that was in question has ballooned into what some have called legal discrimination.
“It’s one thing to negate one piece of one bit of city code, but it’s a whole other to expand that to deny protections for LGBT people across the state,” said Matt Hirschy of Equality NC.
Corporations have also taken note. According to WCNC in Charlotte, American Airlines, the largest carrier at Charlotte-Douglas International said in a statement, “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the states in which they are enacted.”
Wells Fargo earlier this year joined with other large corporations in signing a letter from the Human Rights Campaign that reads in part, “We the undersigned call for public officials to defeat or abandon efforts to enact this type of harmful legislation.”
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