From the hard working people at the South Carolina Equality Coalition we hear the following:

“Just minutes ago, the Columbia City Council voted unanimously to pass ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and public accommodations. South Carolina Equality proposed these ordinances in January and the ordinances passed with little opposition. Please see the attached press release.

We have passed one of the most comprehensive local ordinances in the United States, in one of the most conservative states in the country. These ordinances represent the most significant advance in GLBT rights in SC, in the history of our state.

When we work together, when we’re focused, when we’re strong– there is no limit to what we can accomplish. We have re-launched South Carolina Equality in the last three months, and look at what we’ve been able to do, together. With your help, South Carolina Equality will take these ordinances to other cities in the state and continue to work at a local level.

South Carolina Equality worked closely with the SC Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement and the Harriet Hancock Center, coordinating activity and building support. None of this would have been possible without the efforts of Council Members Daniel Rickenmann and Tameika Isaac Devine and Mayor Bob Coble.

South Carolina’s Capital City is the first municipality in the state to pass comprehensive human rights ordinances in housing and public accommodations including sexual orientation and gender identity. Columbia joins two other cities in the Deep South that have passed comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinances – New Orleans and Atlanta.”

Hmmmm Charleston…what’s next?