S.C. Equality file photo
Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen speaks at a SC Pride event in September 2013
Vincent Sheheen has once again
shown the LGBT citizens of South Carolina that he doesn't care about getting their votes. Apparently, he doesn't need this demo — and their supporters — to beat Nikki Haley in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
In what may be one of the most tone-deaf comments in recent memory, Sheheen's campaign manager told The State's Andrew Shain that the senator was noncommittal — Shain's words, not the manager's — about the recent 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling
which deep-sixed Virginia's gay-marriage ban and will likely nullify the Palmetto State's own ban. Shain reports
Sheheen “will monitor the court’s proceedings as the process continues to move forward,” said his campaign manager, Andrew Whalen.
What a coward. But more importantly, what an idiot.
If anyone who has followed the demographic shifts in South Carolina and across the nation knows, young voters are increasingly in favor of same-sex marriage — not to mention marijuana legalization, expanding government programs for the poor and the needy, and other so-called liberal causes. Clearly, Sheheen feels no need to embrace the coming wave of a more liberal South Carolina.
Of course, that's not to say that we won't remain a conservative state for quite some time — if not indefinitely — but if the rise of more libertarian-leaning politicians and political activists in the Palmetto State doesn't signal a shift to social liberalism, I don't know what else does. Daily 4:20 bong hits in the Governor's Mansion? Legalizing same-sex marriage between the statue of Strom Thurmond and Ben Tillman? Changing our state motto to "Go Cocks"?
Anyway, I would expect a clarification from Sheheen in the next day and another apologetic meeting with LGBT leaders in the state, complete with another empty promise.