The Senate will not vote on a controversial anti-bullying proposal today that references sexual orientation, said a senator who worked on the bill.
Sen. Doug Berger, a Franklin County Democrat, said he expected the compromise that had been crafted to be dropped from today’s schedule.
"We just don’t have enough votes at this time," Berger said.
Socially conservative groups, including the N.C. Family Policy Council and the Christian Action League, were working hard to scuttle the proposal, which includes references to sexual orientation, masculinity and femininity.
Rep. Rick Glazier said before the House met that he was confident there were enough House votes to pass the bill, but heard that the Senate was not going to vote on it today.
The question, said Glazier, was whether the House and Senate should run the bill at the same time.
"People understand the bill very well over here," the Fayetteville Democrat said of the House.
He asked during the House session to push a vote on the proposal to the end of the meeting.