The Confederate Flag was taken down from South Carolina’s Capitol Grounds on Friday morning after a speedy debate in the state’s senate and house of representatives. SC House officials concluded the debate yesterday by voting to remove the flag from its post and put it away in a museum for private viewing. The vote came down to 94-20, supporting the bill that passed in the Senate a few days prior that also demanded the flag be taken down. Hours later, Governor Nikki Haley used nine pens to sign the bill into law.
Despite the topic being a highly contentious issue, particularly among House Republicans, the final vote came out to more than the two-third majority needed to pass the bill. Insiders say the opponents stubbornly fought against the measure however, offering numerous proposals to reform the bill over the course of approximately 13 hours.
Haley initially made the call for the issue to be taken up by the state’s legislators. The Confederate flag had to be removed within 24 hours of the governor signing the bill per a state senate proposal. Haley now says:
“It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
The debate on the rebel flag has rolled over to the United States Congress, as Democrats and Republicans are debating the merits of allowing Confederate Flags to be displayed at federal cemeteries, gift shops and concession stands.