South Carolina is one of fourteen states taking
part in the "Southerners for the Freedom to Marry" campaign. The $1 million push is an effort to build
support for same-sex marriage in the South.
National group, Freedom to Marry,
is focused on the South.
"Folks from South Carolina
shouldn't have to go to New York to get married to then come back to the place
where they were born and where they live and where they pay their taxes,"
said Ryan Wilson, executive director of SC Equality.
The campaign goal is to raise
support for marriage equality in the south.
Wilson was not at Monday's
kick-off event in Georgia, but he is excited for the movement.
"Those individuals deserve
some freedom under the law and that's an important thing that we're going to be
raising visibility through this campaign," said Wilson.
Two high-profile Southern congressmen are supporting the cause.
"Having Congressman [James] Clyburn
and Congressman [John] Lewis talk about why marriage equality is another fundamental
civil right that our country needs to be addressing is a very powerful
statement. Coming from a generation of civil rights leaders who have been fighting
for 30 to 40+ years on many important equality issues in our country,"
Wilson believes he is seeing a
positive change in acceptance of marriage equality.
"What we're finding is that
the balance of history is on the side of equality and fairness for every part
of American society and so it's only a matter of time before everyone has the
freedom to marry in South Carolina," said Wilson.
In 2006, South Carolina voters
passed a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one
woman. The ban passed
with 78 percent of the vote.
The $1 million for the new campaign comes from private donations.
The money will be used for advertising and social media campaigns.
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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