The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Monday that it would pull seven championship games from North Carolina over the states anti-LGBT law known as HB2.
In the announcement, the NCAA said that North Carolina laws make it challenging to “promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.”
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
The NCAA announcement follows the NBA’s decision to pull its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over HB2.
The University of North Carolina was understandably upset:
In a Monday night statement, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings said the university is “surprised and disappointed by the NCAA’s decision.”
“As reflected in long-standing University policy, UNC campuses do not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, and we are fully committed to being open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds,” she said. “We remain caught in the middle of a conflict between state law and federal guidance, and we welcome a speedy resolution of these issues by the court.”
I believe her. Academics and other educated people tend to learn more toward individual liberty and LGBT-inclusion. I mean, it’s no secret that fundamentalists denounce universities as hotbeds of liberal thought.
However, it’s not just about what transpires on UNC’s campus, but about what the state is standing for. Yes, UNC is caught between its own standards and those of the state, and that sucks for them, but any business has to be concerned with the former, rather than the latter.
And remember, VP candidate Mike Pence is the grand-daddy of these laws. While Pence’s action in Indiana cost the state well over $60 million, the GOP still loves him. If you ever needed proof the GOP is massively out of touch with the country’s direction on LGBT rights, look no further than their VP candidate.