ACC: LGBT law could affect whether NC hosts league events

May 12, 2016

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) A North Carolina law that critics say can allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community could impact whether the state hosts Atlantic Coast Conference championship events.

In a statement Thursday, the ACC says member schools discussed the law during annual spring meetings. Signed in March, the law prevents local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules covering the use of public accommodations, a response to Charlotte leaders approving a measure allowing transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.

The North Carolina-headquartered ACC says ''discrimination in any form has no place in higher education and college athletics.'' The statement comes roughly two weeks after the NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure in its process for evaluating bids to host sporting events.