Maine to wear rainbow-themed warmups against Duke in protest of HB2

(Courtesy America East Conference)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Maine’s basketball team will wear rainbow-themed warmups before their game against Duke Saturday night in protest of House Bill 2.

The Black Bears will debut “You Can Play” shirts to show their support of equality for all athletes.

HB2 requires individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate in government buildings, schools and universities, and initially took away the ability of employees to sue their employers in state court for discrimination or wrongful termination, among other things.


Months later, the legislature voted only to change a portion of HB2 that stripped workers of the right to sue their employers for wrongful termination.

The bill was passed in a one-day special session in late March and was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory later that night.

It came as a response to a non-discrimination ordinance passed in February by the Charlotte City Council. The ordinance broadly defined how businesses should treat gay, lesbian and transgender customers. The debate, as in other cities, focused on bathrooms.

Duke is not affected by the law since it is a private institution but coach Mike Krzyzewski has been outspoken against it.

In July, Krzyzewski told USA Today the law was “embarrassing.”

“It’s an embarrassing bill,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”

His comments came after the University of Albany canceled their Novemer 12 basketball game in Durham against the Blue Devils citing HB2.

Duke and Maine tip off at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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