One of South Carolina's most liberal lawmakers and one of its most conservative are joining together to revive the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 1970s ' proposal banning any discrimination based on sex is being revived in several state capitols across the U.S. It is just one state away from the 38 needed before it can become the 28th amendment to the Constitution. But there is one other hurdle: a ratification deadline. Congress extended an [...]
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SC Equality has denounced Tuesday an agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the annual defense bill that omits a reversal of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. House and Senate negotiators on the National Defense Authorization Act announced an agreement Monday that includes plans to create a Space Force, a 3.1% pay raise for the military and a gradual end to the “widow’s tax,” an offset that costs military families thousands of dollars each year. Not present in [...]
Transgender student bathroom bill coming back before Kentucky lawmakers in 2020. South Carolina could face a semilar bill once again in 2020
Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday on his prefiled bill, which would require that all school restrooms and locker rooms be only available to students based on their biological gender at birth. The prefiled legislation, called the Kentucky Student Privacy Act, would also open school districts that didn't follow that mandate to civil liability if the bill becomes law. Transgender students would be required to use "the best available accommodation" [...]
Time For South Carolina To Pass A Hate Crimes Bill that include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Federal statistics show hate crimes in South Carolina are increasing. Those stats also appear to highlight the fact that this state doesn’t have a hate crime law. From 2013 to 2017, hate crimes reported in South Carolina increased by 70 percent, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The number of S.C. agencies reporting hate crimes increased from 39 to 46 in those years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the only law enforcement agency that [...]