Yesterday the NCAA announced it had pulled 7 Championship Div I, Div II or Div III events out of North Carolina in the 2016/2017 School Year due to the state’s HB2 bathroom law.
Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition released a statement last night saying, “There is an expectation of privacy when women and children go into the shower or locker room, and it’s more than an expectation—it’s a right. And our elected officials have a duty to protect that right. The NCAA is punishing the State of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the common-sense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency, and safety in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. The NCAA is guilty of extreme hypocrisy—while it bullies the people of North Carolina to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, it prohibits boys from playing on the girls’ sports teams. Twenty-four states have sued the federal government over the very mandate that the NCAA is now trying to force on the people of North Carolina.”
And this afternoon Lt Gov. Dan Forest said, “The NCAA’s action sends a message to every female athlete and female fan attending their events that their privacy and security in a bathroom, shower or locker room isn’t worth the price of a ticket to a ballgame. We have seen the NCAA’s attitude towards women before when they stood by and did nothing during the rapes at Baylor. For years, we’ve seen the NBA turn a blind eye towards women victims of domestic abuse at the hands of their star players. Why should we be surprised now at the NCAA continuing this pattern of discrimination and degradation of women? The line has now been drawn in the sand, first by Hollywood, now by the NBA and NCAA, either accept their ‘progressive sexual agenda’ or pay the price. North Carolina will not play that game. We value our women too much to put a price tag on their heads.”
We, the fans of collegiate sports, call foul.
You recently announced your intent to move seven 2016-2017 championships from North Carolina due to our state’s protections of the privacy rights of men and women. To justify your bullying, you’ve cited four reasons that allege:
- NC laws invalidate local laws treating sexual orientation as a protected class
- NC has the only statewide law that makes it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one’s birth certificate
- NC’s law provides legal protections for government officials to refuse service to the LGBT community
- Five states have prohibited travel to NC for public employees.
We call foul against the NCAA’s misleading allegations, some of which are directly false:
- Local governments never had the authority under the state’s constitution to pass public accommodations laws or employment laws. That power is reserved to the State, and the State has passed a law that makes that clear. The City of Charlotte passed a local ordinance which exceeded its Constitutional power, and the State has corrected its abuse of power.
- The majority of states–31 in all–separate bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms according to a person’s sex, not their feelings about their gender. North Carolina’s laws are similar to these other 30 states.
- NC law requires state agencies and public schools and universities to protect the constitutional right to privacy of girls and women in multi-stall bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers by ensuring that they are designated for and used by people on the basis of their biological sex.
- It is true that several states have prohibited non-essential travel to North Carolina in an attempt to bully the state to compromise the privacy and safety of its citizens. Instead of penalizing those states, the NCAA has chosen to punish North Carolina for its common-sense policy that protects the privacy and safety of all of its citizens.
While misleading and bullying fans is bad enough, the worst foul comes from the NCAA’s hypocrisy. The NCAA is double dribbling by punishing our State for simply protecting the privacy and safety of “men” and “women” in bathrooms and locker rooms by withdrawing its championship games for “men’s” and “women’s” sports teams.
It is bizarre and hypocritical that the NCAA is now withdrawing their sex-segregated sports championship games from North Carolina because the state law recognizes sex-segregated bathroom and locker room customs for the general public. Government agencies must still provide bathrooms and locker rooms to the LGBT community, but the provision of those services is based on biological sex, not feelings, so that privacy and safety of our citizens is protected.
Tell the NCAA they got it wrong by signing the NCAA Petition put out by NC Values.