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No need for any new transgender bathroom law

Catherine Templeton was asked if she would "stand up for the Lord's word," as in a theocracy, and back a law banning transgender people from using bathrooms matching their gender identity, or if she would "buckle like North Carolina."

Setting aside for the moment that North Carolina's HB2 compromise, HB142, is just more of the same anti-LGBTQ hatred with a slightly different name, it is important to note that South Carolina has so far killed any effort to see a similar bill come to pass in South Carolina.

Both former Governor Nikki Haley and current Governor Henry McMaster have said there is no need for such a law. Templeton said she thinks transgender people should use the bathrooms matching their birth gender, not their identity. She stopped short of calling for a law to be passed.

Source: LGBTQNation.com on South Carolina voting record NC-HB142 , Aug 3, 2017

Accused of lack of diversity in gubernatorial cabinet

No sooner had I finished naming my cabinet than some members of the Legislative Black Caucus complained of a lack of diversity in my administration. The identity-politics bean counters had done the math. I had appointed 9 white men, 3 white women, and one African American woman. I guess the governor herself doesn't count!

I had recently replaced the receptionist in the governor's office, who was a minority, with my longtime and trusted aide, Eileen Fogle, who is white. I listened as the Legislative Black Caucus members lectured me about how I was obligated to have a cabinet that "looked like South Carolina."

I didn't think about race or gender when I read resumes or made my appointments, I told them. I thought about their qualifications. Period. To me, appointing someone because of their race or gender was the same as appointing them as political payback. In both cases, you were putting politics ahead of performance.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.189-190 , Apr 3, 2012

Minority & women groups are just special interest groups

During the general-elections campaign, a group of South Carolina women came to me with a pledge they asked me to sign. It committed me to appointing women to high-level positions in my administration if I were elected governor. My white male opponent immediately signed it. I didn't. I told the group that I wouldn't sign a quota pledge, but I would promise to appoint the best people for the job, regardless of sex. No one is a bigger booster of women in public service than me. But I didn't want to appoint a woman because she was a woman. I got some heat for this stand.

I realized these groups--the groups claiming to represent women and minorities--are just like any other establishment special-interest groups. They're looking for politicians who will work for them, not for the taxpayers. But I hadn't spent 7 years fighting the old establishment to be bought and paid for by a new establishment.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.191 , Apr 3, 2012

Marriage is between one man and one woman

[Asked if she would support gay marriage]: No. Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Source: WISTV.com website, Story #10720699 , Jun 1, 2010

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