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Charlotte Hornets release statement opposing any discrimination in wake of new North Carolina law

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A photographer takes photos of the Charlotte Hornets logo during a news conference to unveil the design for their home court in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Joining numerous other businesses from Apple to American Airlines, the NBA has already come out against the new law in North Carolina law that opened the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians, not to mention transgendered people. The law, approved in an election year by a Republican-controlled legislature and governor, is about as politically subtle a move as one would expect from Frank Underwood.

The NBA is considering its options, including moving the 2017 NBA All-Star Game scheduled for Charlotte. (Although, less than a year out that is a logistical challenge, to say the least.)

Now the Charlotte Hornets themselves have weighed in, saying everyone is welcome in their house.

“The Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment. As has been the case since the building opened, we will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome while at work or attending NBA games and events at Time Warner Cable Arena.”

Good job by the Hornets, who should stand up as beacons of tolerance and acceptance. They can’t force a change in the law, but they can work toward a changing of attitudes. Be the change you want to see.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”