AUSTIN – Following last night’s NCAA men’s basketball final in which the University of North Carolina Tarheels defeated the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, the NCAA announced they will restore consideration of future collegiate athletics games in North Carolina.
This comes after the North Carolina legislature voted last week to repeal and replace HB 2 in a compromise that does not appear to lead to a violation of women’s and children’s privacy.
The ACC collegiate athletics conference made a similar announcement over the weekend. The language of the compromise bill, HB 142, signals that control over these issues is best exercised at the state level, not by local ordinances. LGBT groups are furious and have responded with anger and condemnation of the repeal-and-replace effort and the move by the NCAA and ACC conference to return games to the Tarheel State.
Said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values:
“A bill like Texas’ SB 6 will allow the state to have a statewide, consistent law on privacy issues so we can focus on solutions and not sound bites. This is essentially what a bipartisan group of North Carolina legislators voted for with the repeal-and-replace effort that resulted in new legislation, HB 142. We don’t think unelected bodies like the NCAA should dictate policy to our state legislatures but even the NCAA has now agreed that some legislative action was necessary on this issue. Texans know this, and that’s why support for SB 6 and other legislative action on privacy and safety grows stronger every day.”
Senator Lois Kolkhorst, author of the Texas Privacy Act (SB 6), issued the following statement:
“I applaud the state of North Carolina for adopting a policy that is similar to SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act, and I also applaud the NCAA for now agreeing that there is nothing discriminatory about the Texas Privacy Act or our honest efforts to address the serious issue of privacy and safety in our public facilities and school showers, locker rooms, and restrooms.”
The repeal-and-replace bill for HB 2 does three primary things: 1) repeals HB 2, 2) leaves regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state, returning to the status quo prior to the passage of Charlotte’s LGBT bathroom ordinance, 3) implements a four-year moratorium on local ordinances on issues of public accommodations (bathrooms, locker rooms), including ones like the Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed men into women’s bathrooms. One section of the newly passed HB 142 says: “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations.”
The Texas Privacy Act, SB 6, protects the dignity and privacy of all Texans in intimate facilities in public schools and government buildings. The bill exempts private businesses from local government laws dictating restroom, locker room, and changing area policies. Support continues to grow, including business owners, parents, large and national and statewide organizations such as Coalition of African American Pastors, Hispanic Action Pastor Network, Family Research Council, Concerned Women of America of Texas, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, Texas Eagle Forum, Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, Stand for Fort Worth, the Texas Pastor Council, and many more.
- Six Essential Facts About Senate Bill 6: http://tinyurl.com/sb6Facts
- List of businesses and organizations which support SB 6: http://tinyurl.com/sb6businesses
- Testimonial videos in support of SB 6: http://tinyurl.com/sb6videos
Texas Values is a nonprofit organization dedicated to standing for faith, family, and freedom in Texas. More information is available at txvalues.org.
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Response to NCAA Statement on
North Carolina Law
AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to the press release issued this morning by the Board of Governors of the NCAA:
“We have always said that the Texas Privacy Act was not in conflict with the anti-discrimination goals of the NCAA and the statement they released this morning makes that abundantly clear. The NCAA statement details the principles embodied in the Texas Privacy Act which are mirrored in North Carolina’s new law.
“Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and I had a personal conversation several weeks ago with NCAA President Mark Emmert to underscore this point, noting that the legislation passed in Texas was different from North Carolina’s original legislation. The Texas Privacy Act is common-sense legislation that provides safety and privacy to women and girls and is supported by a broad majority of Texans from both political parties and every racial and ethnic group.”
To read the NCAA statement click here.