Petition protests Sen. Tim Scott as CCU graduation speaker

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Almost 570 people have signed a petition to stop Senator Tim Scott from speaking at Coastal Carolina University's graduation Saturday.

He's scheduled to speak Saturday morning at Brooks Stadium, but students have organized an online petition in a attempt to uninvite him.

According to the petition text, it was started because Scott voted against a bill designed to reduce violence against women and minority groups.

"Two. That's South Carolina's national ranking in the number of women killed by men," the petition states. "It's also the number of times that Senator Tim Scott, CCU's 2013 graduation speaker, has voted against the Violence Against Women Act, thus demonstrating a thorough lack of sensitivity towards and comprehension of the national epidemic of sexual violence and intimate partner abuse."

Senator Scott and fellow South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham were just two of the 22 Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Act back in February. It still passed the Senate with a 78-22 vote.

About 950 students are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony Saturday. Scott will also receive an honorary degree: Doctor of Public Service.

View the online petition here:

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