S.C. Sen. Tom Davis
S.C. Sen. Tom Davis

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican state senator in South Carolina has backed the right of same-sex couples to marry, even as his Republican colleagues in government continue to defend the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment.

State Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) on Monday shared with his Facebook followers news of a Louisiana court’s decision knocking down that state’s marriage ban. He also included a count of other state and federal courts that have taken similar action.

“Unlike some of my Republican brothers and sisters, however, I’m neither keening nor gnashing my teeth,” Davis wrote. “Marriage as a crucial and indispensable social institution (and for me, as a Catholic, a sacrament) can and will survive and thrive without the coercive power of the state.”

David said he also believes government has no business in marriage.

“In my opinion, government ought to get out of the marriage business entirely — save, however, for the adjudication of the parties’ respective rights and obligations upon its dissolution, just as the judicial system adjudicates other breaches of contract,” he wrote.

WIS reports that Davis leans libertarian. He recently supported a medical marijuana bill. He endorsed Ron Paul for president in 2012.

Over 100 of Davis’ constituents and followers have liked his post, with the majority of commenters also supporting Davis’ position.

Some, though, remain unconvinced.

“Sodomite unions are not and cannot be marriage. You can call me a turnip, but I’ll still be a white man,” wrote Pat Hines, a leader with the South Carolina chapter of neo-Confederate hate group League of the South. “Sodomites are an abomination before God and must be dealt with accordingly, or they can return to the closet and avoid trouble.”

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

2 replies on “Republican S.C. senator backs gay marriage”

  1. Pat Hines, of the hate group known as the “League of the South,” sounds like a deeply disturbed man. For his reference, he should be aware of the fact that 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized “sodomite marriage,” most of them through the democratic process (either through public referenda or through actions on the part of the state legislatures). Furthermore, we “sodomites” have no intention of returning to the closet. Hines does not specify exactly how we “sodomites” should be treated should we refuse to return to the closet, leading the writer to wonder whether Hines favors the death penalty for gay men and lesbians who refuse to return to the closet. He appears to have a particularly strong degree of hatred of male homosexuality (as opposed to female homosexuality).

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks…..

    PHILIP CHANDLER

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