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SC Equality debuts a PAC!

August 22, 2012

SOUTH CAROLINA EQUALITY ANNOUNCES THE SC EQUALITY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
 
 
Columbia, SC   August 22, 2012-
 
South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto State’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) education and political advocacy organization debuts the Palmetto State’s first equality focused political action committee.
 
The mission of the SC Equality PAC is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and to ensure the dignity, safety and legal equality of all South Carolinians by working to elect fair minded candidates to office, regardless of party affiliation.
 
Christine Johnson, executive director of South Carolina Equality said, “The addition of a political action committee to our organizational structure brings us closer to realizing our full potential as an advocacy organization.  For decades, we have seen the unapologetic discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community by policy makers.  The PAC empowers us to support candidates who believe that equal means everyone and who support fair and just policies that protect all South Carolinians.  As one of only five states without a state hate crimes law, we want to bring allies to the table and see passage of a hate crimes law, along with many other worthy laws.”
 
SC Equality PAC Board Chair, Todd Shaw, PhD. said, “It has been said a 'voteless people is a hopeless people.'  Well, in order for we LGBT persons to be full citizens we must support candidates for office who, if elected, are able and fully willing to be fair-minded and represent our needs and the needs of our families and friends in the halls of government.  We ask all fair-minded persons to join with us in this cause to ensure justice and inequality for South Carolina families.  Equal means everyone!”
 
SC Equality will hold a press conference at the State House on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 12:15pm on the first floor to announce the PAC and answer questions. Members of the media and public are welcome.
 
The SC Equality PAC is currently interviewing candidates for the 2012 elections and will make endorsements and provide campaign support for candidates who seek and obtain the support of the SC Equality PAC.
 
Earlier this year, SC Equality obtained one of only two pro-equality license plates in the nation. For more information about SC Equality, the c(3), c(4) and PAC, please visit www.scequality.org.