In a fabulous decision the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced that they will move their championship football game from North Carolina to Orlando, Florida due to North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law HB-2. The ACC joined the NCAA & NBA in standing up for LGBTQ equality & relocating championship games in response to North Carolina's discriminatory House Bill 2. The ACC's decision will reportedly cost the state an estimated $32.5 million, adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses that the deeply discriminatory legislation has cost North Carolina.
Hannah Willard, Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director stated, "We are thrilled the ACC chose the City Beautiful as the new location for the league’s 2016 championship football game. This decision sends a strong message that LGBTQ inclusion is good for business & will be rewarded by institutions that value fairness. This decision should encourage Florida's governor & legislature to follow Orlando's lead & take proactive steps to protect all LGBTQ Floridians & visitors. This is a unique opportunity for Florida to affirm its commitment to diversity & inclusion and attract even more business to the Sunshine State. Our legislature should pass the bipartisan Florida Competitive Workforce Act to update existing state law and protect all LGBTQ Floridians from discrimination & Governor Scott should issue an executive order extending protections to LGBTQ state employees. Florida's government can seize this opportunity to signal to other businesses who left North Carolina in the wake of HB 2 that Florida is open for business to everyone."
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