State Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Columbia Republican running for governor, released a video Thursday touting his willingness to protect religious freedom.
During the video, McMaster said he helped to defend the town of Great Falls in a lawsuit brought by a self-described Wiccan witch and the American Civil Liberties Union. The town opened its council meetings with a Christian prayer until a federal judge told it to stop.
"If the ACLU sues you, call me up. We'll defend you," McMaster says in the video.
The video comes on the heels of a decision earlier this week by another federal judge who ruled that a proposed Christian "I Believe" S.C. license tag is unconstitutional. McMaster filed court papers, endorsing the license plate, which was authorized by the S.C. General Assembly last year.
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While Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is also running for governor, has asked McMaster to appeal the ruling, McMaster cannot, his office said Thursday. That’s because McMaster is not a party to the lawsuit, said spokesman Mark Plowden.