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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis has criticized a fellow representative’s suggestion that pedophilia, masochism and other illegal sexual practices are sexual orientations like homosexuality.

The comments were made Tuesday during a debate on charter schools by Rep. Paul Stam, a Wake County Republican.

Stam was opposing an amendment that would have prohibited charter schools from discriminating against applicants based on their sexual orientation.

Several lawmakers called those comments offensive. After the House session, Twitter lit up with criticism of Stam’s comments from other lawmakers and left-leaning advocacy groups.

Tills said Stam’s comments were not helpful to the respectful approach the body should be taking on a policy issue like charter schools.


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