S.C. General Assembly sends 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 State House protecting the rights of loving couples of the same-sex and of all faiths wishing to adopt or foster a child in South Carolina.
Earlier this year, there was an effort to sneak a proviso (38.29) into the massive state budget bill (H.4000). The measure would have allowed state funded private faith-based adoption organizations to turn away prospective same-sex couples and others based on the organization’s religious beliefs. Unfortunately, the proviso passed the House, but we had planned strategy.
SC Equality quickly put a plan into action to remove the proviso on the Senate side. Thanks to the knowledge of parliamentary procedure, Senator Brad Hutto, (D) Orangeburg, made a motion on the Senate floor to have the proviso removed and without objection, the proviso was stricken from the bill.
When you have a budget 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.