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ACC Takes Championship Games Out of North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Law

ACC Commissioner John Swofford
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North Carolina’s controversial anti-trans law has been driving significant sports leagues out of the state.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will take neutral-site championship games out of North Carolina in response to the state's anti-LGBT law, HB2.

The law requires all people in the state to use bathrooms and restrooms corresponding with their sex assigned at birth. LGBT advocates have called the law blatant discrimination against transgender and gender nonconforming people.

"The core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in a statement Wednesday.

This decision follows similar announcements from the NCAA and the NBA, who have both taken championship games out of the state in protest of HB2. They all cited moral issues with the controversial state law and have moved significant events like the NBA's All-Star Game and several of the NCAA's championship games out of North Carolina.

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