The Folly Beach City Council has approved a new ordinance outlawing discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation. This makes Folly Beach the third municipality in South Carolina to pass a sexual orientation anti-discrimination law, after Charleston and Columbia.
According to the Post and Courier newspaper, the new ordinance only covers accommodations, which includes hotels, motels, restaurants, stores, and most other businesses on the island. It does not include housing, as the Columbia and Charleston laws do.
It is already illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, familial status or disability. Violators can face a $500 fine or 30 days in jail.
SC Equality and the Alliance for Full Acceptance told the newspaper they are pleased with the new law in Folly Beach, and hope other municipalities follow suit.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report.