National coverage of N.C. bathroom law includes insights of Elon Law professor

The March 31 article by a reporter in McClatchy's Washington D.C. bureau was featured by more than two dozen of the media company's news outlets around the country. 

​An article that appeared March 31 throughout McClatchy Co.’s media outlets around the country focused on the impact of basketball on the repeal of HB2, North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” featured the insights of a faculty member at the Elon University School of Law. 

​The article by Curtis Tate, “What really pushed North Carolina to overturn its bathroom law? Basketball,” argues that the decision by N.C. lawmakers to overturn the controversial bill, which restricted what bathrooms transgender people can use in the state., was driven in part by the desire to bring conference and national basketball tournaments back to the state. The Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA both pulled tournaments from the state, as well as other scheduled sporting events, following the passage of HB2 last spring. 

Elon Law Associate Dean and Associate Professor Enrique Armijo said that the NCAA’s opposition to HB2 was an extension of nondiscrimination policies in place at a wide variety of colleges and universities. 

“I think what the NCAA is worried about is having a tournament where a team doesn’t show up,” Armijo said. “That is a very practical concern.”

The artice appeared in more than two dozen media outlets including the The State in Columbia, S.C., The Charlotte Observer, the Modesto (Calif.) Bee, The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.