North Carolina is set to host the 2017, NBA All-Star games. However, there may be one teeny tiny problem.
Governor, Patrick McCrory, signed a bill that overturned a Charlotte ordinance that protected groups that are discriminated against. Some of those groups include transgender, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
Of the overturn protections, one of those rights allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender that they associated with. Meaning, transgender men turned women, were allowed to use the women's restroom.
Now that the ordinance is overturned, transgender men and women are not allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they associate with. They must use the restroom of the gender that they were assigned at birth.
The NBA has deemed the new North Carolina laws discriminatory. And as we learned from the Donald Sterling controversy, the NBA does not "play that".
You may or may not know, that, North Carolina, is the hometown of likely 2016 NBA league MVP candidate, Steph Curry. Steph Curry, who has a bible verse, Philippians 4:13, (also my favorite scripture) printed on his Under Armour basketball shoe, hopes that some common ground can be reached in order to keep the All Star games in Charlotte.
The All-Star game would definitely bring a boost of revenue to the city of Charlotte. North Carolina
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Should North Carolina be afforded the benefit of the revenue the All-Star games will produce, despite the messages it is currently sending to the LGBT community?
Atlanta may be facing similar controversy, in a bid to host the Super Bowl, in their new billion dollar football stadium. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bill preventing the Georgia government from taking action against any organization or person with "a sincerely held religious belief regarding lawful marriage between ... a man and a woman.” This could also promote discriminatory practices.
Should the North Carolina laws be a factor in the NBA's decision to keep the All Star Games in North Carolina? Did you know that the NFL once moved the Super Bowl from Arizona to California, because Arizona refused to recognize MLK Day as a holiday?
In the wake of the Supreme Court's declaring same sex marriage legal, do you think times have changed?
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