Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has slammed the recent Senate passage of an anti-bullying bill that excludes gays.

The bill cleared the Republican controlled Senate on Wednesday.

The anti-bullying bill neglects to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens and encourages the bullying of gay students by creating exceptions based on religious or moral convictions.

“So this might solve a political problem that Republicans have,” Whitmer said on the Senate floor. “But be clear: You are papering over the problem that is a reality faced by hundreds of kids in Michigan schools every day. In fact, not only does this not protect kids who are bullied, it further endangers them by legitimizing excuses for tormenting a student. And the saddest and sickest irony of this whole thing is that it's called 'Matt's Safe School Law.' And after the way that you've gutted it, it wouldn't have done a damn thing to save Matt.”

“This is worse than doing nothing. It's a Republican license to bully,” she added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)