The National Collegiate Athletic Association said this week's vote by Houston residents to repeal an antibias law will not result in a change of plans to hold the men's basketball championships in the city next year, The New York Times reported. The vote is being widely criticized by civil rights groups as opponents campaigned -- and polls suggest gained support -- by claiming that the measure would allow men in women's bathrooms, endangering women. (The law said nothing about bathrooms.)
Some groups are calling for boycotts of Houston. The NCAA told the Times it was too late to relocate the event, but the city's vote would be a factor to consider in future decisions about where to hold NCAA events. The gay-rights sports blog Outsports rejected that argument, writing that "if a hurricane hit Houston tomorrow and destroyed the venue, the NCAA could move the event. They are choosing not to."
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