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Several Atlanta council members are calling for the National Basketball Association to consider relocating the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and weekend of events to Atlanta from Charlotte.

The measure, supported by Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Finance Executive Committee Chairman Alex Wan, invites the NBA to consider moving the game and events to Atlanta due to the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that discriminates against members of the LGBT community. The bill was signed last week by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

"The City of Atlanta draws strength from our diverse community,” said Council President Mitchell. “This unity creates our city's embracing spirit, a quality that has made Atlanta the destination of choice for numerous international business conventions, professional and college sporting events, as well as one of the largest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. We would certainly welcome the opportunity to show that very spirit as the host of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend.”

The NBA is currently considering pulling the 2017 game out of North Carolina in response to the passing out House Bill 2.

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