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Bathroom bill could complicate life for the Razorbacks; including 2019 San Jose State visit

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click to enlarge UH, MAYBE NOT: California teams are prohibited by state law from traveling to states with laws that discriminate against gay people. That would include Arkansas.
  • UH, MAYBE NOT: California teams are prohibited by state law from traveling to states with laws that discriminate against gay people. That would include Arkansas.

Speaking of bathroom bills:

I"ve mentioned previously that the NCAA has said it intends to stand firm about not taking its business to states that discriminate against LGBT people. That's Arkansas, already, through the legislation to prevent local protection for LGBT people (the law that got North Carolina in trouble with the NCAA) and its law to protect discrimination against LGBT people on a religious pretext. Passage of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bathroom bill (and, I'd argue, Bob Ballingers' Bathroom Lite bill) would be a trifecta of discrimination against LGBT people

So, a writer wonders,

Will Razorback Athletic Director Jeff Long be happy that the NCAA might pull future indoor national track championships from the Tyson Track Complex? Or what about regional and super regional baseball games in Fayetteville. Or Little Rock or UCA hosting playoff games i their categories?   Or SEC championships at Fayetteville and Verizon Arena.
The NCAA isn't the only problem either.

California has a newish state law that prohibits state employees from traveling to states with anti-LGBT laws. Jeff Long just worked out a deal to replace a 2019 game that Michigan scrapped in Arkansas with San Jose (Calif.) State. Maybe their players can make the game, but can their coaches? Maybe neither.

See the Los Angeles Times.

The law also has led to the cancellation of preliminary talks between UC Berkeley and the University of Kansas for a men’s basketball series, the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World reported.

Kansas is on the banned list because it adopted a law last year that allows campus religious groups to exclude LGBT students and faculty from membership.

Tennessee was included because of a 2016 law that allows allows therapists and counselors with "sincerely held principles" to reject LGBT clients.

Arkansas is worse than Tennessee already. Our law allows anyone — restaurant, hotel, business — to reject hiring, housing or serving someone to whom they have religious objections. Our Supreme Court punted on same-sex marriage, deferring to the U.S. Supreme Court and declining on its own to decide the issue. And the Supreme Court just recently upheld Arkansas  law that discriminates against same-sex couples in issuance of birth certificates. Some 14 anti-gay bills are pending this legislative session. The legislature, so far, seems willing to protect that discrimination despite practice in most other states.

Be sure that someone will be sure to let the NCAA and San Jose State know about Arkansas, which has been flying under the radar so far.

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