Family Research Council Statement on ACC Championship Re-Locating to Orlando

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced it will move the ACC championship football game to Orlando, Florida. The game was originally scheduled to be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the ACC moved the game out of Charlotte in protest over passage of North Carolina’s House Bill 2. The law says that while businesses can do what they want, the government cannot punish businesses for having showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms designated for men only and women only.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“The ACC is placing the Obama political agenda above the hard working people and businesses of Charlotte. While siding with Hollywood and a handful of entertainers, the ACC is ignoring the privacy and safety concerns of parents and children.

“I commend North Carolina Governor McCrory for his courage and moral clarity in not caving in to the ACC’s threats to move the championship game. After weathering the storm -- and picking up millions of allies -- North Carolina isn't about to flinch just because sports leagues like the ACC and the NCAA are beholden to the Left's cultural bullies.

“What could be more inclusive than letting businesses and private organizations set their own policies on bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms? That's what H.B. 2 does: respects the opinions of everyone, instead of using the government to punish non-conformers.

“The American people are tired of political correctness and political agendas being placed above everything else. It’s time the ACC and its leaders, like Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, get back to focusing on sports, not redefining what it means to be male or female,” concluded Perkins.