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Ex-SC Senator Flips on Marriage Equality; Columbia Man Among Emmy Winners

By Eva Moore
Monday, September 23, 2013 |

Former S.C. Sen. John Hawkins of Spartanburg, who helped push the state’s 2006 marriage amendment, now backs marriage equality, The Huffington Post reported. Speaking at a meeting of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, Hawkins said “I was wrong about pursuing the marriage amendment” and that “enlightenment, empathy, understanding” and a “deep dislike of any kind of bias or discrimination” had led to his change of heart.

Columbia native Bobby Mort is among the Emmy winners for The Colbert Report, The State reported. Mort, a writer for the show, graduated from Richland Northeast High School in 1989 and the University of South Carolina in 1997.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has a challenger: Pastor Leon Winn of Manning, S.C. Winn, pastor of Rockhill Baptist Church, switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party last year. “I have this philosophy that I teach my children and my congregation: When you learn better, it’s time to do better,” Winn told the Manning Times last year. “We cannot continue to do the same old thing and expect change.” Winn ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate last year.
Lexington County accountant Ben Staples, who was a witness in the Brett Parker murder trial, has been named in a civil complaint by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, The State reported. The federal agency alleges that Staples operated “a scheme to illegally profit from the assets of terminally ill people,” John Monk reported.
A 63-year-old man died of an apparent heart attack while taking part in the LeMons race in Camden.
A woman riding in a car on West Campanella Drive in Columbia SC was fatally shot in the head, WIS reported.

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