Monday, January 26, 2015

S.C. Proposed Bill would Prohibit State Employees from Recognizing Same-Sex Couples

By Sabrina Samone, TMP

I mean really, are they actually still wanting to fight this?  A Federal Judge cleared the way for marriage equality in South Carolina, but it seems bigotry would still like to make itself feel relevant some how in a state proposed bill:
SECTION 20-1-15. Prohibition of same sex marriage. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void ab initio and against the public policy of this State.
HISTORY: 1996 Act No. 327, Section 1, eff May 20, 1996.

According to the Advocate, S.C. is among at least 5 states that are currently considering laws that would establish legal discrimination against TBLG persons.

Here is an insert of the Advocate's statements:

"Religious Liberty" Activists Fight BackPeople across the country banded together last year to protest SB 1062, a law proposed in Arizona, which would have allowed businesses and employees to refuse service to LGBT people or others who offend their religious sensibilities. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill after receiving immense pressure, but in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a similar one into law in April. Conservatives have vowed to continue the push for such "religious liberty" laws in other states. So far in 2015, at least five of these bills are on the American Civil Liberties Union's radar: Texas's and South Carolina's legislatures are eyeing bills that would prohibit government employees from recognizing a same-sex couple's relationship (through marriage licenses, mostly). Bills in Virginia, Georgia, and Utah would allow individual state employees to decided whether they want to participate in same-sex marriages. As the ACLU has put it, these laws are largely a reaction or backlash toward LGBT gains, like marriage equality, in those states and nationally.

Recently Nikki "the o.m.g is she still Gov." Haley gave her State of the State Address in which she proposed raising the gas tax by .10c per gal along with  2% income tax breaks. Really Nikki Haley? You can't stand up for "every" citizen in the state and now this from the State Legislative. Don't we have better things to be doing in South Carolina, like providing decent health care to worry about.

South Carolina State get TMP's Jackass of the week Award.


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