LAURINBURG, N.C. — An anti-gay grassroots activist running for a spot in the state Senate is attacking his incumbent, Democratic opponent over his pro-equality votes on anti-bullying and sex ed laws passed last year
Jason Phibbs, who has worked as the Stanly County organizer for the anti-gay NC4Marriage, told a small group at a town hall this week that Sen. Bill Purcell was “promoting homosexuality.” He says Purcell’s yes votes on the School Violence Prevention Act and Healthy Youth Act will encourage “legitimization” of homosexuality and allow schools to teach about gay sex.
“Now school systems can teach whatever they want,” Phibbs said, according to The Laurinburg Exchange. “… If they want, they can teach homosexual sexuality. They can do that.”
Purcell has defended his votes, saying all children should be protected from bullying and that new measures were needed to help curb rising pregnancy rates.
Purcell, currently in his sixth term, represents the Senate’s 25th District. Sixty percent of voters there are registered Democrats.
As a county organizer for NC4Marriage, Phibbs presented to the Stanly County Board of Commissioners last April a resolution to amend the state’s constitution to discriminate against same-sex couples. Although the board discussed the matter briefly, and each member indicated they thought marriage was “between one man and one woman,” the elected body has never approved the measure. Fifteen counties and one town across the state have approved such resolutions from NC4Marriage.