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DEC. 9, 2022 | GOP U.S. Reps. Nancy Mace and Tom Rice, both of South Carolina, and 37 other House Republicans joined with Democrats Thursday to give final approval for the landmark legislation to protect same-sex marriage.

“The right to marry whoever you love regardless of the color of your skin or orientation shouldn’t be controversial,” Isle of Palms resident Mace said in a statement. “Our nation was built on the notion of individual liberty.”

The measure, which now heads to President Biden for signature, passed 258-169. Some pundits say it may be the crowning achievement of departing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In other headlines:

Researchers file emergency petition amid first sighting of right whales of the season. Ocean advocacy group Oceana filed an emergency petition demanding the U.S. Department of Commerce implement things like a newly proposed speed restriction for small boats and others to help protect the endangered species.

Charleston Co. passes sheriff’s office raises. Charleston County officially approved $3.8 million in funds to give to the sheriff’s department to increase wages as a means to fill its 160 vacancies. However, the County Council did not reveal where the money would come from, raising questions among concerned taxpayers.

MUSC extends violence intervention program. The Medical University of South Carolina has partnered with Youth Advocate Programs for Lowcountry Rising Above Violence, a new community violence-intervention program. The program uses “credible messengers” to help end the cycle of violence, trauma and retaliation in young people.

Attorney general’s office releases motive in Murdaugh double murder trial. Threat of “personal, legal and financial ruin” drove former lawyer Alex Murdaugh to murder his wife and son, alleges state prosecutors.

Covid cases spike in S.C. State DHEC announced that Covid-19 cases have spiked across South Carolina, overtaking the number of flu cases. 6,046 new cases were recorded, along with five deaths in the state. 

Turkish battery firm picks Colleton Co. for first U.S. plant. Kontrolmatik Technologies subsidiary Pomega Energy Storage Technologies will open an 80-acre manufacturing facility in Colleton County, expecting to create nearly 600 jobs.

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