What must some of those lawmakers in Columbia be smoking?
It appears they can think of no more pressing issue facing South Carolina than proposing to punish some state employees (withholding their pay and benefits) for doing their jobs, i.e., issuing marriage licenses, and not punishing those who refuse to do their jobs.
Where will this lead? By the way, is that loss of pay and benefits forever or just for the period of time the employee was fulfilling one of their official duties? I assume their job descriptions will have to be revised to state that they are prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. What about transgender couples? Are they covered by this proposal, too? Will there be an appeals process? Is the NRA or Kim Jong Un somehow involved in this?
I would like to see an occasional headline about something positive happening in the legislature. There are so many areas to choose from: lack of equal public educational opportunities; violence against women; childhood hunger; and the foster care system to name a few.
Note to Legislators: please pick one of the above and start spending your time and what I assume are limited staff and budget resources to accomplish something that will actually improve the lives of all South Carolinians, and stop wasting your time on this type of silliness.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.