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Annise Parker

As gay rights battle brewed in Houston, NCAA stayed on the sideline

As gay rights battle brewed in Houston, NCAA stayed on the sideline

When the men's basketball Final Four tipped off last April in Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert and his colleagues were enjoying something they rarely get: widespread praise.

Indiana's new "religious freedom" law had sparked nationwide controversy. The NCAA was one of the first major sports organizations to criticize the law, which some characterized as a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against gay and transgender people. When lawmakers heeded the calls for change and amended the law, gay and transgender rights groups applauded Emmert and the NCAA for "bold leadership."

This year's men's Final Four tips off Saturday in Houston, the...

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