United States — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that it would move its neutral site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 season over the state’s discriminatory legislation House Bill 2, or HB2.
The law prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual and gender orientation. Public schools must require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people matching the gender they were assigned at birth.
The ACC rulling follows the lead of the NCAA, which announced on Monday that it would also relocate its championships for 2016-17.
Sports affected by this decisions are:
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
Men’s and women’s Tennis
“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.” USA Today reports
Source: USA Today