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Senator Leatherman responds to Confederate flag controversy

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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - SC Senator Hugh Leatherman released the following statement on June 23, 2015 in regards to the Confederate flag controversy and recent events in SC:  

"I have never been prouder to serve in the South Carolina Senate. Today was an historic day. It has been a day of working through tears and grief to do the people's business.

We approved three budget conference committee reports to ensure that our state government will continue to operate without interruption.

But I am also proud of the overwhelming vote that will allow us to decide as quickly as possible the fate of the Confederate flag on the State House grounds. Amending the sine die resolution was critical to our ability to debate the bill. Without the vote we took today, we could not have considered any bill dealing with the flag.

The spirit of unity and the presence of God were present. To a person, we were guided by the gracious and strong Christian spirit demonstrated by the families of the victims in court last week, and the manner in which people of every race in Charleston and across our state have mourned and united. We were also guided by the life of our beloved colleague, Senator Clementa Pinckney, whom we miss. It was stated many times at the podium today that we in the Senate need time to mourn his and his church members' tragic deaths. His body will lay in state in the State House tomorrow and burial will be Friday.

I am confident that this spirit will continue both within the Senate chamber and around our state as we debate and vote."

Click here to read more about the bill introduced by a group of Senators calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds:

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