NCAA again weighing North Carolina as host after bathroom law repeal

FILE PHOTO - A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. on May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File Photo

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association said on Tuesday it will again consider allowing North Carolina to host championship games after the state replaced a law that it said discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The NCAA had stripped North Carolina of championship events to protest the law, which required transgender people to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate and limited protection against discrimination for LGBT people.

Last week, state legislators in Raleigh passed a new law that repealed the bathroom measure. But they also banned cities in the state from enacting their own anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people until 2020, a move the NCAA said concerned its board of governors. [nL2N1H713H}

A majority of the board "reluctantly" voted to allow the state to be considered for championships in light of the new law, the NCAA said.

"This new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment," the governing body for U.S. college athletics said in a statement.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, another major collegiate athletic league, also has made North Carolina eligible to again host certain sporting events after last week's legislative action.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)