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What North Carolina’s Reversal on its Bathroom Bill Means for Texas

North Carolina buckled under pressure from the NCAA. Does that put San Antonio at risk of losing next year’s Final Four?

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In a swift and stunning shift last week, North Carolina lawmakers voted to repeal and replace the state’s bathroom bill. Since the legislation was signed into action almost exactly a year ago, North Carolina has been slammed by critics arguing that the bill—which blocked cities from allowing transgender people from using the public restrooms they identify with—was anti-LGBT and would have potentially devastating consequences for the state’s economy. Businesses threatened to bolt, and North Carolina watched as a stream of companies, including Pay Pal, Deutsche Bank, and Adidas, departed or canceled plans to expand in the state.

The kiss of death, however, came from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the powerful governing body of college sports. North Carolina is home to a number of college programs that compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably the premier athletics conference in college sports. It also regularly hosts championship events, including the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments, both of which generate a bunch of revenue for the state and have become part of the fabric of North Carolina’s cultural and economic identities (remember, the state is home to the Duke Blue Devils and this year’s NCAA champion, the UNC Tar Heels).

But the NCAA moved those events out of the state this year in protest of the bathroom bill, and last week ago the organization offered an ultimatum to North Carolina lawmakers: get rid of the bill in 48 hours, or else they’d never see another NCAA playoff event in North Carolina again. The state scrambled to pass a repeal, and while it doesn’t completely undo the original legislation—the compromise included implementing a three-year ban preventing local governments from passing non-discrimination ordinances—it appears to have saved the state from bathroom bill purgatory.

What happened in North Carolina could possibly be a preview for Texas should the House ultimately pass Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s pending legislation that would place similar gender restrictions on public restrooms. The question is, however, would the story end the same way, with Texas giving in to pressure and repealing the law? Or, in light of the North Carolina situation, will the bill even make it that far? Patrick’s bill has already been met with fierce resistance from Texas’s LGBT and business communities, and as experts espouse the idea that the state could suffer a multi-billion dollar shortfall in reaction to the bathroom bill, some Texas Republicans have soured on the legislation. House Speaker Joe Straus, for example, strongly condemned the bill in March. Obviously, before Texas could even consider repealing a bathroom bill, it’d have to pass one into law first, and the outcome in North Carolina certainly does nothing to solidify what appears to be an already-shaky level of support in the House.

Whatever happens in the Lege, the way North Carolina buckled under pressure from the NCAA certainly has specific implications on Texas. The Lone Star State often hosts college playoff events—last year, Houston hosted the men’s basketball Final Four; this year, the women’s Final Four was in Dallas; and San Antonio is slated to host the men’s Final Four next year. The NCAA has yet to publicly comment on Texas’s pending bathroom bill, but if the organization ends up offering a similar ultimatum to Texas lawmakers, it’s not immediately clear who would blink first. For right now, Patrick is still talking tough. “They can take away our basketball games,” Patrick said during a radio interview last Thursday, according to the Texas Tribune. “I’m not going to let the NCAA run the state of Texas. This is absurd.”

If the bill ultimately passes and Patrick and the rest of the Lege stick to their guns, it would likely leave the NCAA with little choice but to remove the Final Four from San Antonio, or at least bar future main events from being hosted by Texas. According to the Tribune, eight NCAA events (including the 2018 Final Four) are currently scheduled in Texas through 2019 alone. For as long as Texas lawmakers push for a bathroom bill, it’s likely that all of those events are in jeopardy of being relocated. The NCAA is not messing around, as it proved with its bullishness in dealing with North Carolina.

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  • BCinBCS

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  • Your Planet Is A Toilet

    And the sexually mentally sick just keep plugging along until they bring America to utter ruin! Trans (enablers ass), this is all psychobabble BS. These mental defects can gobble all the hormones (and splooge) they can swallow and cut and paste body parts with a machete, but the DNA will never agree they are what they think they are!

    • Louise Carole Sumrell

      Wow! You really fear and hate yourself for the homo-erotic fantasies you can’t stop having!

      • Your Planet Is A Toilet

        “Wow!” The usual Homoism Studies 101 response. Was that generic reply #56 or #57. You phags have so many canned replies it’s hard to keep track of them.
        So sorry to disappoint my lesbo interrogator, but no, no hate, fear or self loathing with me! Yourself?
        It’s okay, trannies like yourself are usually prone to those conditions which you attempted to roll off on me. With the additional benefit that you mentally messed up seem to have a passion for suicide. “Sigh”, that confusion of not knowing WTF species you are tends to unravel the psyche… unfortunately at a miserly 35-40% that’s a bit on the slow side. Can you trannies step up the pace a bit normal, mentally healthy society is getting impatient!
        Now as to “homo-erotic fantasies”, I recall that one. I believe that’s #69 from the HS 101 phaggot lexicon… also known as the bend over and do yourself reply! No, none of those for me either.
        It appears that you’re also in denial whether you’re actually one of those thing-a-ma-bobs or just one of their legion of enablers and apologists. Sorry that too; my dreams (as is my life) is filled with beautiful, intelligent women who also have a healthy grip on REALITY and the concepts of childbirth and DNA you uneducated, ignorant clod!
        Didn’t your mother ever tell you that ad hominems are a dead giveaway of a dumb f*** who has no worthwhile response? Oh but wait… quite possible you were assembled from various donor parts and deny having a mother!

        • Blue_Jason

          And at least try to write a legible response. You might at least result in making yourself appear intelligent…as you project all of your self-hatred that is.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Someone with “three degrees” is almost completely illiterate.

          • St. Anger

            kindergarten, elementary school, middle school. three degrees.

          • Your Planet Is A Toilet

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          • SpiritofPearl

            That much, eh?

          • Your Planet Is A Toilet

            Right ball!

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          • SpiritofPearl

            Haha! If you only knew . . .

            Blocking you for:

            1) lack of intellectual rigor
            2) illiteracy
            3) bigotry

            Bye bye – and don’t procreate.

          • Your Planet Is A Toilet

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          • Your Planet Is A Toilet

            My posts are quite legible, except to someone with your lacking comprehensive skills.

        • BCinBCS

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    • Blue_Jason

      Wow…your hatred of yourself for being homosexual runs deep.

      • Your Planet Is A Toilet

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        • grubber

          Sorry, Dan. Your bill is still going nowhere,

          • Your Planet Is A Toilet

            Wrong, no Dan here!

    • SpiritofPearl
      • Your Planet Is A Toilet

        Another sodomite cheerleader!

        • BCinBCS

          You’re seriously trying to claim that homosexual behavior doe not exist in nature?

          You obviously are not a biologist, behaviorist or a reader.

  • John Bernard Books

    The story to write about is the dems using tax dollars to further their agenda and TM continues to write about bathrooms….
    “Her interest was not in national security but to advance the political interests of the Democratic party.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446415/susan-rice-unmasking-trump-campaign-members-obama-administration-fbi-cia-nsa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mccarthy&utm_content=susan-rice

    Rice commits a crime and the story is dems want to use women’s bathrooms…..and yawl wonder why dems can’t win an election.

  • SpiritofPearl

    The NCAA will monitor NC’s progress. If they revert to persecution mode, they’ll be left out of NCAA events again. Time will tell. Persecuting gays got Pence in trouble in Indiana. Maybe it will stifle Patrick in Texas . . .

    • St. Anger

      doubt it. i think ncaa was looking for a way to exit the situation just like north carolina.

      • SpiritofPearl

        The NCAA can’t diss NC and ignore TX for the same discrimination.

        • St. Anger

          wanna bet?

          the ncaa has about as much integrity as the texas legislature.

          • BCinBCS

            ouch!

          • SpiritofPearl

            I’m not a gambler. Money talks.

    • Blue_Jason

      It was political suicide for McCrory. My hope is that if this passes, it will result in the same for Patrick.