Charter school discrimination ban passed in North Carolina

Friday, June 27, 2014

The state House approved a measure Thursday that broadly bans discrimination against charter school applicants based on their sexual orientation or other federally and constitutionally protected classes.

The changes to the bill, which now heads to the Senate, come after Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, questioned an amendment that would have prohibited schools from turning away applicants because of their sexual orientation.

Stam said the bill needed to define sexual orientation because he argued that it could include everything from homosexuality to pedophilia if it were left open to interpretation. He was criticized by other lawmakers and gay-rights groups.

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