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The North Carolina GOP is firing back at the NCAA’s decision to pull postseason sporting events out of the state over a controversial law that is widely seen as discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
The NCAA announced Monday that it would relocate seven championship events scheduled in North Carolina because of HB2, the state’s “bathroom law” that prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBT people, and bars transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
“This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” Kami Mueller, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Republican Party, wrote. “I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams.
“Under the NCAA’s logic, colleagues should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers, and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation.”
The state garnered national attention after the law was enacted in March. Several businesses and politicians publicly condemned the law and organized boycotts of the state.
In July, the NBA announced that it would be moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, in response to HB2.
Republican lawmakers have pushed against the backlash, arguing that the law is necessary for the privacy and security for the public.
“Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking – and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.” Mueller added.