The Advocate
September 20, 2013

The lead architect of South Carolina's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage now says he's had a change of heart. 

Former state senator John Hawkins, a Republican who led the successful effort to amend South Carolina's constitution to forbid marriage equality in 2005, now supports the freedom to marry, reports Charleston TV station WCSC

"I was wrong about pursing the marriage amendment," Hawkins told the station Wednesday. "I wish I hadn't been so strident against it. … I never pursued the marriage amendment for any kind of religious reason, or any so-called moral reason, or anything like that. I pursued the marriage amendment out of a sense of duty to the law." The constitutional amendment, which still bears Hawkins's name, passed with 78% of voters in support.