North Carolina Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam last week compared being gay to pedophilia.

Stam, a Republican and the House speaker pro tem, objected to a gay-inclusive amendment introduced by Rep. Susan Fischer which would prohibit state-funded charter schools from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Sexual orientation is not defined anywhere,” Stam told colleagues. “I have here 30 different types of sexual orientation.”

He distributed a flier which lumped pedophilia, apotemnophilia (sexual arousal associated with an amputee's stump), coprophilia (sexual arousal associated with feces) and homosexuality under the heading “What Is A 'Sexual Orientation?'”

Adding sexual orientation as a protected class, Stam suggested, would also protect pedophiles.

According to The Institute for Southern Studies, the handout has been used extensively since 2007 by the anti-gay group Traditional Values Coalition (TVC).

LGBT rights advocate Equality NC criticized Stam, saying the incident was a reminder of why such laws are needed in the first place.

“[I]t's important to understand that Skip Stam's words represent not only an embarrassing display of anti-LGBT rhetoric in North Carolina, but a clear and present reminder of why these protections are so necessary – in our schools, in our workplaces, and at all levels of everyday life in the state we call home,” said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC.