North Carolina is beginning to feel the pressure from the NBA and many other businesses due to the anti-LGBT bill that was passed by the state last March. The NBA has already threatened to remove the All-Star game from Charlotte, and many other businesses have pulled events from the city in response to the bill. It's taken awhile, but North Carolina has begun drafting changes to the bill that could allow them to keep the All-Star game.
"Among the draft bill's biggest changes is the creation of an official document that would recognize a person's gender reassignment. The new document, which is treated as the equivalent as a birth certificate in the draft legislation, is referred to as a certificate of sex reassignment.
The draft legislation is the result of months of conversations between leadership in the state legislature, including the Speaker's office, and officials from the NBA, On Your Side Investigates has learned."
(H/t Charlotte Observer)
The Hornets have already come out previously and said they do not condone the bill and were opposed of discrimination of any form. It was clear from day one that they were wiling to let the All-Star game leave.
The Charlotte Hornets have issued the following statement: pic.twitter.com/5IOzSjjncM— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 25, 2016
This is a start. It's far from perfect, and to be honest there's a feeling that the only reason these changes are being drafted is to accommodate the NBA's wishes and not because of how discriminatory the bill itself is, but it's a start. Hopefully in the near future changes will be made to where the NBA and businesses don't have to pressure the state government to do what's right.
As of this writing, the NBA has yet to comment on any potential changes.