I received a fund-raising letter from the S.C. Democratic Party that coincided with the U. S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the matter of marriage equality.

I’d like to know exactly what the S.C. Democratic party has done for the benefit of LGBT South Carolinians that entitles it to use this important event in our LGBT history as a fund-raising effort to support a state party that has held us back at every opportunity.

Every dime raised in this campaign should be donated to the organizations that did the actual work that got the issue of marriage equality to the Supreme Court. AFFA (Alliance for Full Acceptance), the SCEC (South Carolina Equality Coalition) and Lambda Legal are the organizations that did the work in South Carolina.

This political organization deserves nothing but contempt for the way that it has participated in the suppression of LGBT rights in South Carolina.

Charlie Smith

Cabell Street