U.S. Soccer reconsiders play in North Carolina due to controversial law

Wednesday March 30th, 2016

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U.S. Soccer is reconsidering matches in North Carolina in light of new state legislation that some have pegged as discriminatory against the LGBT community, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati told The Washington Post.

The state’s new law, passed last week in just 12 hours, requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates, rather than the one they identify with. Only transgender people whose biological sex has been changed on their birth certificate are exempt under the new law.

“Given the legislation, I’ve asked the people who handle our games to reconsider,” Gulati told the Post. “We think the legislation in the year 2016 goes far beyond anything that is appropriate in trying to balance the positions of religious organizations and the long, hard-earned rights by the LGBT community and others.”

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The men’s national team has not played in North Carolina since 2006, though the women’s team played a friendly there as recently as 2014.

The USSF joins the NBA in reconsidering play in the state.

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