Well, here we go again.
There are proposals stirring in the State House that promote a defiant ban on the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples by state or local governmental employees. Workers who don’t heed the law would lose their pay.
Such action harkens back to the contemptuous days of Jim Crow in South Carolina.
Although dressed up differently from those garments of ruthless racial discrimination worn decades ago, today's political efforts have the potential of resurrecting a similar underlying spirit of cruelty and injustice.
Now, they are directed to another guiltless group of people who have known quite well what the ostracized margins of society are all about.
In our current era, several federal courts have spoken. Their emancipating message stands on the constitutional side of fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Let’s hope that our legislative leaders can embrace such in their hearts and actions.
And may the haunting memory of Jim Crow’s spell never again see the light of day.
Rev. Thomas A. Summers