South Carolina Introduces New Marriage Law, LGBT Community In An Uproar

If you thought the battle over same-sex marriage was a thing of the past, think again.

While the US Supreme Court legalized it on a federal level back in 2015, the debate is still going strong in some circles.

We can include the state of South Carolina on that list, as GOP lawmakers have just introduced a bill that’s ruffled the feathers of same-sex marriage proponents.  

Western Journal has the details.

Liberal groups have voiced their outrage over legislation introduced by Republican members of the South Carolina legislature.

The bill, proposed last week by state Reps. Steven Long, William Chumley, Mike Burns, John McCravy, Josiah Magnuson and Rick Martin, would define same-sex marriage as a “parody marriage,” according to WJZY.

The “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act” says that marriage can only be “a union of one man and one woman,” and that all other types of marriage “fail to check out the human design.” Thus, under the law, same-sex marriages would not be considered valid.

On cue, the proposed bill was met with outrage by the other side of the argument.

As per usual, that led to a ton of hyperbole from groups that claim to be all about inclusion and acceptance of different ways of looking at things.

But pro-LGBT advocacy groups have lambasted the legislation, claiming that it promotes discrimination on the basis of one’s sexual orientation.

“Pure prejudice is what that is. Pure outright prejudice,” Jeff March, the president of SC Pride, told WACH. “It’s written with hate. I can’t imagine there are state officials that put this in writing.”

Shaundra Young Scott, who serves executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed similar sentiments, calling the bill an “absurd insult” to the LGBT community.

As the GOP lawmakers see it, the Supreme Court ruling infringes on First Amendment rights as it forces others to accept a viewpoint they may not believe in.

The other side has snapped back and referred to that stance as a “ridiculous legal argument.”  

You can rest assured that we haven’t heard the last on this never-ending argument from either side.

Source: Western Journal

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