SC Senator Who Led Charge to Pass Gay Marriage Ban Says He Was Wrong, Supports Equality: VIDEO


Former South Carolina State Senator John Hawkins, who led the charge in South Carolina to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage, announced on Wednesday at a speech before the Alliance for Full Acceptance that he now regrets what he did and supports full marriage equality.

Said Hawkins to WCSC: "I was wrong about pursing the marriage amendment. I wish I hadn't been so strident against it....I'm really hoping that people are going to walk away from this with a little bit of healing...It would be great if everyone who stood against us in the Senate said, 'We were wrong; In fact, you really do deserve equal rights.'"

Hawkins served in the state Senate for eight years, from 2001 to 2009 and now works as an attorney.

Watch Hawkins' full speech and a WCSC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the advocate)

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