Friday, November 27, 2009

South Carolina city passes LGBT non-discrimination laws

The city of Charleston, South Carolina has passed two ordinances prohibiting housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression. The passage of the laws is a sign of real progress in a mostly anti-gay rights state. reports:
The passage of the new law is marks significant progression in conservative South Carolina, which is viewed as one of the most anti-gay states in the U.S. Charleston and Columbia are two of the largest cities in the state. Similar measures in smaller municipalities statewide have not been considered to date.

South Carolinians approved a Constitutional same-sex marriage ban by a whopping 78% majority in 2006, making it clear most people in the state oppose same-gender unions. However, Senator Robert Ford (D-Charleston) told local news outlets shortly after the passage of the ban that he felt it was unconstitutional. READ MORE

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