North Carolina Takes New Hit Over Bathroom Law
Atlantic Coast Conference follows NCAA's lead, pulls championships from state
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2016 1:16 PM CDT
Protesters rally against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, NC, Monday, April 25, 2016.   (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP)

(Newser) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people, the AP reports. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league's championships until North Carolina repeals the law. The decision includes 10 neutral site championships this academic school year, which means relocating the ACC football title game that was scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December. No announcement was made on where the championship events will be held. The ACC was scheduled to hold 14 of its 21 championship events in North Carolina this academic year.

"The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB2 remains the law was not an easy one," said Clemson President James P. Clements, chairman of the league's council. "But it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all our institutions." The state's law requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from local and statewide anti-discrimination protections. This action by the ACC is the latest in a steady stream of public and business backlash against the law.