Six U.S. senators – including one Republican – have written a letter to the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver asking him to pull the All-Star Game from Charlotte because of the state’s controversial LGBT law.
The letter is signed by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and five Democrats: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
“We hold no ill-will towards the people of Charlotte, who passed an antidiscrimination measure that HB2 overturned, or towards the people of North Carolina,” the senators wrote in the letter. “However, we cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state. Doing so, we believe, would be inconsistent with the NBA’s history and values.”
The All-Star Game is scheduled to be held in Charlotte in 2017, but after House Bill 2’s passage the NBA released a statement saying that the league does “not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game.”