Shouts and Song: Clash at meeting over transgender bathrooms

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COLUMBIA — Her pride in the Confederacy is not all that Catherine Templeton discussed during her first town hall meeting as a gubernatorial candidate.

She was asked about another hot-button issue on Tuesday: transgender bathroom use.

A woman at the Republican town hall in Pickens County asked Templeton if she would back a law banning transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice like one passed and rolled back in North Carolina.

“Would you buckle like North Carolina did or would you stand up for the Lord’s word?” the woman said.

The GOP hopeful running in her first race said she believed people should use bathrooms based on their birth gender but did not say anything about putting that into law. She repeated her comments when reached Wednesday.

Transgender bathroom bills have been proposed in South Carolina but gone nowhere.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, whom Templeton is trying to unseat next year, said Wednesday that he did not think South Carolina needed a bathroom law, a sentiment shared by former Gov. Nikki Haley.

"This is a great state, great people," he said. "As you know, we get along very well, and I think we're doing just fine."​

On another social conservative issue, abortion, Templeton told the town hall that she would allow exceptions for incest and if the mother's life is endangered.

Jamie Lovegrove contributed to this report.

Columbia Bureau Chief

Shain is Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier. He was editor of Free Times and was a reporter and editor at The State, The Charlotte Observer and The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.