Charlotte Hornets, NBA do not endorse amended HB2 legislation

- RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers are taking steps to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

The funds received preliminary approval from a Senate committee Thursday as the yearly legislative session neared its end.

Republican lawmakers have gathered to map out the end of the session, including possible changes to portions of the law known as House Bill 2.

So far, there's no appetite among GOP lawmakers to change the provision requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings.

Meanwhile, a judge took a step toward streamlining dueling lawsuits over the law. Judge Louise Flanagan ordered the two cases to be sent to another federal court hearing separate challenges to the law.

In response to published reports regarding the NBA’s involvement in amended HB2 legislation currently before the North Carolina legislature, the NBA and Charlotte Hornets issued the following statement: 

“We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature.  We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all.  We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward. There has been no new decision made regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.”
 

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