The South Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday sent back to committee a bill that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, effectively ending any debate on it this year.
In a 79-34 vote, Republicans shot down a Democratic effort to bring the bill up for a vote without going through the normal committee process. While all “no” votes were Democrats, five members of the minority party did vote in favor of recommitting the bill.
The move to recommit a bill to committee is not debatable under House rules. However, Democrats led by Minority Leader Todd Rutherford had anticipated the move beforehand and called a press conference to make their own statements.
“One day, this issue will be looked upon as ‘What was the big deal?” State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, said. “We are not at that day yet.” [Read more…]