Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage sends ‘ripples’ through Winthrop community

Posted June 26, 2013 7:44 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

The owner of this town home in Rock Hill says she is a music teacher and supports gay rights.

Winthrop’s campus may be void of most of its undergraduate student body this summer, but word of Wednesday’s landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court supporting gay marriage rippled loud and clear.

Theater professor Dr. Laura Dougherty says the reaction from her students wasn’t inhibited by distance or the summer months.

Last fall, Dougherty organized the production of a play that touched on same-sex marriage and another on civil rights written by a lesbian playwright.

Dougherty, who describes herself as heterosexual, says it formed a bond in her classroom where issues surrounding modern-day civil rights could be addressed openly.

Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family council echoes a portion of Dougherty’s statement, saying the court’s decision will have little effect on South Carolina.

Oran says he wasn’t surprised by the court’s ruling.

In 2006 South Carolina voters approved an amendment to the state constitution outlawing same-sex marriages and civil unions by an overwhelming 78% majority.

The South Carolina Radio Network contributed to this report.