The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has followed in the steps of the NCAA and removed neutral-site championship events from the state of North Carolina for the 2016-17 academic year.

Yesterday, the NCAA took the major step of removing all championship events from the state in protest of House Bill 2 (HB2), the controversial law that allows for the discrimination of members of the transgender community. The ACC, which is a conference under the NCAA umbrella, was likely forced to follow suit because of the NCAA's decision.

ACC events going elsewhere.

The most significant event removed from the state is the ACC Championship Game, a football game scheduled to take place on December 3rd that would have likely decided who made this year's College Football Playoff. The game, which was scheduled to take place in Charlotte, will have its venue announced at a later date.

Other events that have been removed from the state as a result of the ACC's decision include conference tournament events forbaseball, women's basketball, women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's golf. Events scheduled to take place on campus sites in North Carolina, whether currently scheduled or not, will be allowed to remain at their location.

HB2 controversy.

The NCAA and ACC aren't the first entities to decide to move out of North Carolina as a result of the HB2 law. The NBA already announced the relocation of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend from Charlotte, North Carolina to New Orleans, Louisiana. Musicians and performerslikeBruce Springsteenhave decided to either cancel or postpone their shows in the state until the law is repealed or altered.

The law forces North Carolina citizens to use bathrooms in government buildings that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, rather than the gender they may associate with themselves. There has been public outcry from the LGBT community to repeal the law, but Governor Pat McCrory (Republican), who is running for reelection, has stood firm on keeping the law in place.

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