State Senator Julia Boseman (pictured)julia_boseman_sen_9, North Carolina’ only openly gay state legislator, persuaded her colleagues Tuesday to pass a measure that would help school districts curb bullying based on sexual orientation.  The measure now goes to the House, which passed a similar bill last year, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

“This is solely to protect kids and keep them safe at school,” Boseman said, but social conservatives vowed to fight the bill because it specifically includes sexual orientation.

“It is a way to introduce these special categories of legal protection to the state’s statutes, which, in turn, could impact laws on everything from employment to housing and even marriage,” said Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League.