As many of you know, I recently came out in favor of marriage equality. I knew it was politically risky in a state like South Carolina, but I also knew it was the right thing to do.

Several days after my announcement, a state party official summoned me to his office. To my disbelief he tried to persuade me to drop out of the race. I said no thanks.

Apparently, certain well-connected “party elders” believe that my candidacy is a distraction that will only hurt Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen by highlighting his opposition to marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights.

Now, my campaign is meeting resistance from the last place I expected: from within the state party establishment.

I’m proud to be a Democrat. But the party is more than just a handful of well-connected insiders sitting in an office building. It’s you, it’s me, it’s millions of “ordinary” people across the country who believe in equal rights and equal opportunity for all. I’m not going to drop out. I’m not going to back down. And I need your support.
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  1. Stump Parrish

    Nov 23, 2013  at 4:35 pm

    I’m happy to see you’re staying in the fight. South Carolina is long over due a public servant willing to stand up for all residents of this state. I am a straight ally for what has been mislabeled as gay rights. These are rights our Constitution guarantees to all citizens and it’s past time for the majority of the Republican party and far too many Democrats to accept this fact of life.

    I am happy to see support for your campaign growing as I spread the good word on Facebook. I look forward to the day when you help South Carolina take it’s first unsteady steps out of the dark ages.

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