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SC license plates show support of gay residents

(Source: SC Equality) (Source: SC Equality)

By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new South Carolina license plate advocates equality for gay residents in a state that bans any type of domestic union.

The executive director of South Carolina Equality said Friday the plate provides a way for people to show they support equality for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual residents. Christine Johnson says equality is needed in areas such as employment and housing. She hopes it lets people know they're not alone.

A Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says the plates will be available for sale Monday for an additional $25.

State law allows nonprofit groups to create specialty plates.

Equality board member Dean Pierce paid the $4,000 deposit. Pierce says it's difficult to grow up gay in South Carolina, and he wants to help make it easier for younger generations.

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