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Bill Dies Over Gay Controversy

N.C. Bullying
Bill Dies Over Gay Controversy

Proposed North Carolina legislation that would protect schoolchildren from antigay bullying has died for this year, The [Raleigh] News & Observer reported Friday. "The failure of this bill to pass...sends a bad message," state senator Doug Berger told the Observer.

Proposed North Carolina legislation that would protect schoolchildren from antigay bullying has died for this year, The [Raleigh] News & Observer reported Friday.

"The failure of this bill to pass...sends a bad message," state senator Doug Berger told the Observer. The senate sent the bill back to committee Thursday, and it will not come to a vote during this legislative session, Berger said.

The controversy that prevented the bill from passing surrounded the addition of "sexual orientation" as a reason that a student may face discrimination or bullying, the Observer reported.

Right-wing groups including the Christian Action League and the North Carolina Family Policy Council objected to the added term, saying LGBT activists would use the law as leverage to pass other legislation. (The Advocate)

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