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The NCAA Will Move Seven Championship Games Because of North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill'

The athletic organization will move soccer, golf, lacrosse, and March Madness games out of the state because its current bathroom legislation doesn't "promote an inclusive atmosphere."
September 13, 2016, 1:51pm
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Following in the footsteps of President Obama, the NBA, and a [porn site](A Porn Site Has Started Blocking North Carolina Users Over the State's Anti-LGBT Law), the NCAA is protesting North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" by pulling seven of its championship sporting events from the state, WUNC reports.

The athletic organization announced in a press release Tuesday that it plans to move two rounds of March Madness games—as well as women's soccer and golf championships—out of the state because the current bathroom legislation doesn't "promote an inclusive atmosphere."

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"Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state," the organization said. President Mark Emmert added, "Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships."

North Carolina passed its HB2 back in March, and it requires people to use public bathrooms that correlate with the gender on their birth certificate. Critics say the law ignores the basic civil rights of transgender and non-binary individuals.

North Carolina's GOP had a different take and slammed the NCAA in its own press release, calling the decision "an assault to female athletes across the nation" and somehow made the whole thing about Baylor's college athlete rape problem.

Here's the NC GOP's response to the NCAA. I made sure it was not a parody account. — Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter)September 13, 2016

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