1996 archive story: County Council votes 9-3 against gay lifestyles

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Scott Wyman

The Greenville News

Editors note: This story was first published in The Greenville News May 22, 1996. Former Greenville News reporter Scott Wyman, who covered the issue at the time, is now chief of staff to the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Greenville County officials condemned homosexuality as incompatible with their community values Tuesday in a move that gay lifestyle supporters and others fear will set off a wave of intolerance and tarnish the area's image. Religious conservatives pressed County Council members to take the stand because of what they saw as pressure from organizers of the Olympic Games and national gay rights advocates to force communities to accept immoral behavior.

Supporters of the anti-gay resolution preached at the council meeting that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, and that the law of nature calls for males to mate with females. They yelled at their opponents that they would burn in hell and groaned when people said gays could be as religious as heterosexuals, while opponents described the council as Nazis engaged in gay-bashing.