What happened in those three weeks that changed everyone’s mind?
Three weeks after the Horry County, South Carolina, Council voted to designate June as Pride Month, the council voted unanimously to rescind the resolution that proclaimed support and acceptance of the LGTBQ+ community.
The resolution passed unanimously as part of the county’s consensus agenda on May 17. Councilman Johnny Vaught told CNN in an email, “No one on council caught it because the resolution just said ‘pride month.'”
Vaught said the council began to receive backlash from the community after it passed the resolution.
“Councilmen got many emails expressing dismay that council would vote for an LGBTQIA month in such a conservative county. We brought the resolution back up at the next meeting and it was unanimously voted down. Councilmen voted the way their constituents demanded. End of story,” Vaught said.
Danny Hardee, the councilman who motioned to reconsider the resolution, said members initially missed the proposal due to a “perfect storm” of events going on, such as working on the budget and upcoming elections.
“I can assure you I will spend more time on the consent agenda than I have in the past,” said Hardee, who felt somebody on the council would have probably picked up on the resolution during “normal times.”
“I personally don’t think that councils should be doing any kind of thing like that. It doesn’t matter whether it’s gay months or Confederate months or Juneteenth or whatever; that’s not my job to set aside those dates. Those are state and federal holidays,” Hardee told CNN.
Hardee added that while he disagreed with the Pride Month resolution, he did not intend to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings.
Pat Hartley, clerk to the county council, said Grand Strand PRIDE, a local LGBTQ+ advocacy group, sent an email requesting for the resolution to be placed on the May agenda, which she said was just “par for the course.”
Items such as proclamations and resolutions are usually considered noncontroversial and only require the council to vote once according to Hartley. The council chairman, Johnny Gardner, has the sole authority to remove items before approving the agenda, she added.
CNN attempted to contact Gardner for a comment, but he had not responded.
Following the vote to rescind, Grand Strand PRIDE released a statement on Twitter expressing their disappointment.
“Grand Strand PRIDE is disheartened by the action of the Horry County Council at their meeting last night quietly rescinding their resolution designating the month of June as PRIDE month in Horry County. This news dampens our spirits but we resolve to make progress by continuing our advocacy work to make all of Horry County inclusive, diverse and equal for all.”
Horry County encompasses the cities of Conway and Myrtle Beach.
Why are we honoring a bunch of perverts????
we are living in the time of Sodom & Gamorrah
There is Nothing to be Proud about being QUEER ! We don’t need Queer Pride Month and We don’t need Juneteeth Either. This Country and the World has Nothing to do with it.
The response from faylor is so indicative of typical small townl/community small-mindedness spawned by ignorance and the unwillingness to broaden one’s mind and possible consequent realignment of attitudes and perception
by at least agreeing to visit another perspective.
Caveat: this is a blanket statement not intended to cause offence to this living in small communities but possessed of broad-mindedness and accepting of that which is different from their own. And yes, these individuals do exist!
Perhaps it is also of use to revisit scripture since this is most often quoted as the prime reason for someone’s intolerance.
That last word is telling because it speaks to the intolerance of those who were behind the vilification of the historical Jesus. So let this be a reminder to any hypocrite who would use any passages from the holy Bible to justify their discriminative attitudes towards this different from themselves. Thankfully so I might add.
And do not forget Mary Magdalene she who was accused of being a prostitute, but a reformed one. The story is apocryphal due to the fact that one of the Pope’s combined two individuals to come up with the notion that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. That was the result of combining Magdalene with Mary of Bethany.
Regardless of authenticity the takeaway from this is that the historical Jesus never discriminated.
It is therefore not only presumptuous but arrogant for some ‘god fearing, church attending’ folk to believe that they can speak for God and assume to know what he would condemn, if anything at all!
These individuals can look forward to an afterlife of fire and brimstone, so poetically stated, but either way their existence existence will be condemned as examples of intolerance leading to untold suffering. Not the least of which will be their own when they depart their earthly existence.
Jolly good show Horry County! Keep dampening their spirits because they are evil spirits looking to make what is an abomination to God to be acceptable in man’s eyes! Dampen away those queers, ya just gotta wash those queers right out of your hair! (Sing)
What happens when your child or spouse is dying and needs lifesaving measures and it just happens to be a person who is a pride member??Let YOUR loved one die because the they might turn someone Gay???God loves us all and I am so disheartened to think the South is still stuck in the 50s thinking.SHAME on All you so called self proclaimed Christian people!!
It’s not Pride Month ! There’s no PRIDE in being a QUEER 🤗🤗🤗🤗 !!
LBGTQ and Democrats, the only good ones are DEAD ones.