A controversial law in North Carolina
that targets the LGBT community has spurred a Minnesota state
university system to prohibit athletic teams from traveling to the
According to the AP, the decision means
that no teams will participate in tournaments held this spring in
Minnesota State Colleges &
Universities represents 24 state colleges and 7 state universities.
North Carolina will host the NCAA
Division II national baseball tournament and National Junior College
Athletic Association Division III World Series.
Last month, Democratic Governor Mark
Dayton joined the leaders of a growing number of states and cities in
barring state workers from traveling to the state. His order applies
to non-essential travel.
Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities decided this week “that athletics-related travel is
non-essential for the purposes of this directive.”
North Carolina's law blocks cities from
enacting LGBT protections and limits the bathroom choices of
transgender people in government buildings, including schools.