Opponent cancels basketball game with Duke over House Bill 2


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DURHAM, N.C. — The Duke Blue Devils are looking to fill a spot on its basketball schedule after Albany canceled its Nov. 12 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to North Carolina’s HB2 law, WNCN reports.

The game, which was scheduled as part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament, won’t be played because of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina, the State University of New York system spokeswoman said. The order is a direct response to the law.

House Bill 2 overrules a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification and has spurred widespread response throughout the country.

Here is a statement released by the State University of New York:

“The State University of New York supports Governor Cuomo’s executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina,” SUNY spokesperson Holly Liapsis said.

“We instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff. SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand.”

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