At the Statehouse

At the Statehouse

Vigilance. Persistence. Expertise.
SC Equality at the Statehouse

We tirelessly lobby the South Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter most to you, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.

2020 Legislative Action Center is where you can see the legislation introduced in South Carolina that will shape the future of the movement for LGBTQ equality in our state.

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DEFEATED ALL
ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS

Because of SC Equality’s vigilance, persistence and expertise we have successfully defeated all anti-LGBTQ bills filed at the Statehouse for the past 6 years.

CONFEDERATE FLAG
COMES DOWN

After the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC Equality immediately came out publicly demanding the removal of the Confederate flag (a symbol of hate) from the Statehouse grounds.

LOBBYING AT
THE STATEHOUSE

SC Equality is the only LGBTQ organization with a full-time lobbyist at the South Carolina Statehouse working every day protecting your rights. Our lobbyist is backed up by our Executive Director, who is a registered lobbyist, and together they have become a force at the capitol.

Why having a lobbyist represent LGBTQ interest at the Statehouse is so important.

The role and influence of SC Equality lobbyists at the South Carolina Statehouse has grown over the past six years.  We have built coalitions to defeat anti-LGBTQ bills (like the “bathroom bill”) and to pass pro equality legislation.  By having lobbyist protecting your rights seeking to persuade members of the legislature to enact legislation that would benefit LGBTQ South Carolinians. We have built personal close relationships with members of the General Assembly that trust our ability to work across the aisle on key issues.

We march when needed to show our collective voice.

The fight for Equality in South Carolina is only as strong as our voice.  We have marched and rallied at the Statehouse many times in recent years to remind legislators and the community that LGBTQ South Carolinians speak with one loud voice.

We march when needed to show our collective voice.

The fight for Equality in South Carolina is only as strong as our voice.  We have marched and rallied at the Statehouse many times in recent years to remind legislators and the community that LGBTQ South Carolinians speak with one loud voice.

SC Equality PAC’s influence in electing legislators

We are seeking not only legal equality, but lived equality by electing people to office who support justice by passing fair and just laws that protect LGBTQ South Carolinians. Each election cycle, SC Equality PAC endorses candidates running for re-election or for the first time for seats at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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Latest News

What’s your voting plan in November?

October 2nd, 2020|

We're 32 days until the most important election of our lifetime. What's your plan? The deadline to Register to Vote online is Sunday, Oct. 4th! COLUMBIA, SC - Voting should never be a confusing process, but with the spread COVID-19, we know that many South Carolinians still have questions about how to vote in the November 3rd [...]

There’s still time.

October 1st, 2020|

There's still time. COLUMBIA, SC -- We know one of the last things on your mind today is the 2020 Census. I get it. You, like so many others, are probably still trying to recover from that train wreck (disguised as a presidential debate) Tuesday night. However, there is one very important task we all need to complete every [...]

Celebrities turn out to raise money for SC Equality PAC

September 23rd, 2020|

Celebrities turn out to raise money for SC Equality PAC COLUMBIA, SC - Celebrities turn out for a LIVE Virtual Fundraiser OUT AND VOTING to raise money for SC Equality PAC, the political action committee of SC Equality, on Thursday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30PM. Ty Herndon, Country Music Artist [...]

House Returns to Take Up Voter Safety in November

September 15th, 2020|

House Returns to Take Up Voter Safety in November Tuesday, September 15, 2020 COLUMBIA, SC - SC Equality is back at the Statehouse as the the House returns today at noon to take up H.5305, the bill amended in the Senate to protect general election voters during the pandemic. The very important positive aspects of the bill are [...]

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