House lawmakers approved an amendment to a broader charter school modification bill Thursday that bars discrimination against students.
The legislation, introduced by Buncombe County Republican Rep. Nathan Ramsey, came two days after another non-discrimination amendment was derailed after Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam stated on the House floor that pedophilia and necrophilia were sexual orientations.
While several Democrats had hoped to see more specific protective language in the overall bill, the measure passed unanimously (115-0).
Rep. Marcus Brandon, the only openly gay state legislator, reminded his colleagues that gay and lesbian North Carolinians deserve these protections:
“You still have a whole group of your citizens that are treated as second-class citizens,”explained the Guilford County Democrat. “There are no protections, except for federal law and statutes for the LBGT community. Regardless of how you feel about the situation, we still are Americans..and still entitled to all the privileges thereof.”
Senate Bill 793 now moves to the Senate. To hear part of the debate on Ramsey’s amendment, click below: