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Mayor Earl Bullard

S.C. town blocks homophobic mayor from replacing fired lesbian police chief

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- The Latta, S.C. Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of two key measures supporting fired police Crystal Moore, who residents and council members speculate was fired by a homophobic mayor because the chief is gay. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Moore

S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Friday, April 18, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]
Mike Fair

S.C. lawmaker claims university program is designed to recruit lesbians

Monday, April 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina college that recently lost $17,000 in state funds after it assigned students a gay-themed book, has cancelled a solo performance with same-sex themes after a state lawmaker accused the school of trying to recruit lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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Woman challenges S.C. gay marriage ban in seeking divorce from spouse

Friday, March 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina woman is challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage by seeking recognition both of her union and separation. [ Read more → ]
South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.

S.C. lawmakers refuse to restore cuts to colleges that assigned gay themed books

Monday, March 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina House refused Monday to back down from plans to punish two public colleges in the budget for assigning freshmen to read books dealing with homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Anton Hysén

Out European soccer player Anton Hysén signs with Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Monday, March 10, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.. – Openly gay European soccer player Anton Hysén has signed with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]
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S.C. lawmakers want to punish 2 colleges for assigning books on homosexuality

Thursday, February 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina legislators want to punish two public colleges for assigning books on homosexuality to freshmen. [ Read more → ]
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S.C. bill would allow married, same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns

Friday, January 17, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The top Democrat in the South Carolina House says same-sex couples who are legally married in other states should be able to jointly file their state income taxes. [ Read more → ]
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (left) and Attorney General Alan Wilson.

S.C. governor, AG say state does not have to recognize same-sex marriages

Friday, November 15, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorneys for Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson said in court papers filed this week that the state of South Carolina doesn't have to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states and the nation's capital. [ Read more → ]
Linda Oliver

Town council accepts mayor’s apology for Facebook rant, gay slurs

Sunday, October 20, 2013
WEST UNION, S.C. -- Officials in a small South Carolina mountain town say they've accepted the mayor's apology for a Facebook rant that included gay slurs as she criticized same-sex couples for applying for marriage licenses in a nearby county. [ Read more → ]
Linda Oliver

S.C. mayor: I don’t want ‘queer’ marriage ‘rammed down my throat’

Thursday, October 17, 2013
WEST UNION, S.C. -- A small town mayor in South Carolina has come under fire for a Facebook rant in which she derided gay rights and marriage equality, and repeatedly referred to gays as "queers," using the term in a derogatory manner. [ Read more → ]
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Lawsuit alleges anti-gay bullying by Charleston, S.C. high school teacher

Saturday, September 7, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A high school math teacher in South Carolina bullied a student so mercilessly as "gay" that the boy tried to kill himself, the teen and his mother claim in court. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple sues over S.C. ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, September 2, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A legally married gay couple living in South Carolina is suing to have the state's ban on gay marriage overturned. [ Read more → ]
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S.C. advocacy group, ACLU launching same-sex marriage effort

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group in South Carolina is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union to explore legal options for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Parents sue S.C. hospital over child’s gender assignment surgery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A couple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of South Carolina for what they say was an unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a toddler they later adopted. [ Read more → ]
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South Carolina lawmaker to introduce LGBT non-discrimination bill

Friday, April 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill protecting all workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives next Tuesday, according to staff at a state LGBT equality group. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

New political ad targets U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s anti-gay comments

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C -- A new political ad is emphasizing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's previously stated belief that LGBT people shouldn't be allowed to teach in schools has angered DeMint supporters because, they claim, it falsely portrays the Senator as anti-Semitic. [ Read more → ]
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Gingrich comes from behind to win South Carolina primary

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pulled a surprise win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, throwing off expectations for the race for the GOP nomination. With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich had a wide lead with 40.8 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in second with 21.1 percent. [ Read more → ]
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South Carolina announces pro-equality license plates

Friday, January 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto state’s LGBT education and political advocacy organization, announced Thursday that South Carolina joins Indiana this week as one of three states to claim pro-equality license plates. Maryland was the first in 2008. [ Read more → ]
Vonte Fuller

Another South Carolina man reports he was attacked for being gay

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A Spartanburg, S.C. gay man said he was attacked in a local sports bar early Sunday morning by several men who dumped a pitcher of beer on him, and proceeded to use anti-gay slurs while beating him with a broken beer bottle. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Esskew

Five men charged in brutal attack on gay teen in South Carolina

Friday, April 29, 2011
Officials in South Carolina have charged five men with the attack on a gay teen who was assaulted outside a convenience store in Rock Hill on April 9. [ Read more → ]
John King

South Carolina lawmaker to re-introduce hate crime bill after attack on gay teen

Friday, April 22, 2011
An attack on a gay teen in South Carolina has prompted a state lawmaker to call for legislators to once again consider a hate crime bill. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Esskew

FBI investigating possible ‘hate crime’ attack on South Carolina gay teen

Monday, April 18, 2011
The FBI on Monday confirmed it is investigating the brutal attack on a South Carolina gay teen who was assaulted outside a convenience store in Rock Hill on April 9. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Esskew

Brutal beating caught on tape; gay teen says assault was a hate crime

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Authorities in Rock Hill, S.C., are are looking for suspects who assaulted a gay teen outside a Rock Hill convenience store last weekend in what the victim describes as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Jim DeMint

Sen. Jim DeMint reaffirms position that gays are unfit to teach in public schools

Monday, October 4, 2010
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), an emerging Tea Party hero, told a crowd of supporters in South Carolina Friday that he will continue to recruit like-minded Conservatives across the nation to run for Congress and pastors to join the fight to “take our country back.” [ Read more → ]
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