Current swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority that "making a general announcement that gays and lesbians shall not have any particular protections from the law, inflicts on them immediate, continuing, and real injuries".
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday he is pleased that progress has been made, but will let the NCAA board of governors have the final say with a decision to come in the "next several days".
But the compromise between Cooper and Republican lawmakers still prohibits cities, government agencies and school districts from allowing transgender individuals to use public bathrooms based on gender identity, meaning bathroom regulations would be left to the state. "It violates all basic principles of diversity, inclusion and basic civil rights".
Unless the NCAA's boycott is lifted, North Carolina will get none. He had told legislative Democrats that NCAA officials were consulted to make sure the deal addressed their concerns.
"I believe sports are coming back", Cooper said during his press conference to announce the repeal. "The ticket takers, the housekeeping staff and parking attendants working at arenas around our state will have more money in their pockets". Bishop said that the bill, at best, delayed action. "So I would be amazed if they were dumb enough to do this without getting it cleared with the NCAA".
"This isn't a question about who's right", Cohen said.
"I think it's far from a panacea". Both sports organizations moved all neutral-site championship events out of North Carolina.More news: Saints coach says Malcolm Butler won't be signed to an offer sheet
It also prohibits local municipalities from enacting ordinances regulating private employment practices or public accommodations - like the one passed in Charlotte not long before HB2 came into law - until December 1, 2020. It also required transgender people to use the bathroom that would correspond with the gender on their birth certificate in government buildings.
Gay rights activists are across the street from the Executive Mansion, protesting a deal to repeal a North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill".
Will North Carolina's deal to roll back their controversial bathroom-access law pay off at the sports turnstiles? Four other states have not announced any changes to their travel ban as of Friday.
The ACC had previously pulled championships out of N.C. because of HB2. Late on Wednesday, leaders of the Republican-dominated state Senate and House of Representatives said that they had reached a compromise with Democratic Governor Roy Cooper to scrap the year-old law, the only one of its kind in the United States. That law was not changed this week. They reacted, and they sent House Bill 2 through very quickly during a swift, one-day special session.
"This is a compromise", said Rep. Phil Berger, an Eden Republican who's president pro tempore of the state Senate, "and compromises are oftentimes hard to get to". "This wasn't about basketball, but the threatened loss of that, that's what got people to the table to talk about things".
North Carolina lawmakers had the votes, but will the law repealing HB2 be enough to convince the NCAA that the state deserves a shot at hosting championships?
Greensboro alone has bid on 53 NCAA championship events that amount to $118 million in economic impact, according to the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The NCAA is determining hosts for championships for 2018-2022 this week, with decisions expected in April. State lawmakers said that was an overreach. But Harrison said she was troubled that the NCAA's boycott and deadline that drove HB 142 through the legislature.
Cooper was narrowly elected with LGBT support on a platform that included repealing HB2. "We're not going for the bait and switch".