NC lawmaker: Pedophilia is like homosexuality - FOX Carolina 21

NC lawmaker: Pedophilia is like homosexuality

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -

A Wake County lawmaker has suggested that adults being sexually attracted to children is a sexual orientation like homosexuality during a debate over changes to the state's public charter schools.

One amendment presented during Tuesday's House debate would have prohibited charter schools from discriminating against applicants based on their sexual orientation.

The amendment was turned down. But during the debate, Republican Rep. Paul Stam said pedophilia was a sexual orientation like homosexuality and questioned the role adults who are sexually attracted to children might have in schools.

Several lawmakers called those comments offensive.

The House approved the changes to the charter school law, including making them subject to state open records law and allowing them to grow one grade level per year.

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