North Carolina Commissioner Bill James has shrugged off a move by the Mecklenburg County board of commissioners chiding his anti-gay remarks, North Carolina gay weekly Qnotes reported.

The Republican, in fact, joined in voting in favor of the resolution, which was approved unanimously.

James said the measure didn't have anything to do with him and was “immaterial.”

Democratic Commissioner Harold Cogdell's resolution did not directly name James or his remarks.

The board “stands united in firm opposition to inflammatory speech that may cause bullying, intimidation, harassment, persecution or discriminatory treatment of any individual because of their race, color, sex, religion or creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability,” the resolution read in part.

James courted controversy when he blasted County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat, for raising the issue of thanking members of North Carolina's Congressional delegation for supporting repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

“Homosexuals are sexual predators,” James wrote in an email. “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining U.S. military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.”

In defending himself, James went on to liken gay people to “pedophiles.”

“This isn't about, I don't think, some sort of consensus,” he told the Charlotte Observer on Sunday. “This is about the speech police and controlling an issue that they have gotten a lot of heat over, because you can't go around censuring people for having a different opinion, or for expressing it.”

“It's like having a resolution saying we're going to be uber-sensitive to prostitutes and pedophiles because we don't want them to get mad,” he added.