VICTORY AT THE STATEHOUSE
S.C. General Assembly sends Governor McMaster a clear and loud message that no one should be discriminated when fostering or adopting children in our state.
The winners are the 4,000 children in South Carolina’s foster care system!
Yesterday, SC Equality celebrated a huge victory at the statehouse protecting the rights of loving same-sex couples wishing to adopt or foster a child in South Carolina. Here is the real story:
Earlier this year, Representative Garry Smith, (R) Greenville County, attempted to sneak a proviso (38.29) into the massive state budget bill (H-4000) in the House of Representatives. The measure would allow state funded private faith-based adoption agencies to turn away prospective same-sex couples and others based on the agencies religious beliefs. Unfortunately, the proviso passed the House down party lines. This was due to the right wing groups “getting wind” of our opposition and turned on the heat to various House members.
H.4000 then headed to the Senate (with the proviso buried in the language of the bill) and SC Equality quickly put a plan into action to remove the proviso on the Senate side. Thanks to the knowledge of parliamentary procedure, Representative Brad Hutto, (D) Orangeburg, made a very quiet motion on the Senate floor to have the proviso removed and without objection, the proviso was stricken from the bill.
When you have a bill that has passed one chamber and the language of the bill is changed in the other chamber, it goes to a Conference Committee (made up of 3 members of the House and 3 members of the Senate) to come up with a compromise.