North Carolina’s gay guppies won’t be included in a new anti-bullying law. Nor will anyone else, because the state’s Senate failed to approve the legislation…
“The fight’s over,” said Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin, after Senate leaders sent a negotiated compromise with the House from the floor late Thursday afternoon back to committee. “The vote would have been very, very close.”
The measure would have required districts to approve bullying and harassment prevention policies at least as restrictive as those laid out in the bill. But conservative Christian groups lobbied hard against the measure in part because they argued it would advance special protections for gay citizens in North Carolina.
A handful of Democratic senators were worried that their votes would have been used against them by Republicans in the November election.
“I think the Senate was bullied on the bullying bill,” said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, the chief sponsor of the legislation.
The compromise bill lists the kinds of characteristics of a person who could be susceptible to bullying. The bill defines the activity reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic including race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and masculinity and femininity.
Don’t these people know that old, wise proverb – “Children are our future?” Yes, even the gay ones…