COLUMBIA (WACH) - Marriage equality supporters joining one another Tuesday, not in matrimony, but to support a new bill protecting that would protect against discrimination in the workplace.
Supporters say the Workplace Fairness Act would protect South Carolinians who live in non-marital relationships from workplace discrimination.
The bill's supporters say it should be passed, not just for gay couples, but couples in other non-traditional relationships as well.
"Without legal protection, these people can be fired - and they are - because of who they are and not because of how well they do their jobs," said Victoria Middleton with the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. James Smith, hopes to have the bill passed by the end of next year's session.