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SC Releases New Gay Equality License Plate

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SC Equality executive director Christine Johnson says the state is one of only three states with equality plates. SC Equality executive director Christine Johnson says the state is one of only three states with equality plates.

By: Alysha Strother

South Carolina is now offering a new specialty license plate advocating equality rights for the state's gay community.

The license plate, nicknamed the "Equality Plate", was sponsored by South Carolina Equality that designed the plate to celebrate its 10 year anniversary.

SC Equality Executive Director Christine Johnson says South Carolina is one of the few states to have an equality plate.

"In fact, we're one of three states, only three states, that has any pro-LBGT reference license plate, in the entire country," said Christine Johnson. "I think the objective in the license plate is to help people who are allies of the LGBT community and to help the LGBT community realize that there are friends and allies everywhere."

President of USC's Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance Zac Baker said that the plate is a subtle way to show support for the gay community.

"I'm not asking to stand at the front of the pride parade and wave a rainbow," Baker said. "I'm just asking for respect and acceptance just like you would ask from me even though we disagree."

Baker says it could be a while before the plates become common sights on the roads.

"You're not gonna see them everywhere but for allies and members of the LGBT community here in South Carolina, they're gonna be an awesome step in the right direction," Baker said.

DMV website lists the plates for an additional $25 on top of the regular license plate fee.

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