South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate battle flag

South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate battle flag

After a tragic shooting at a Charleston church, the South Carolina state Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag, which some lawmakers say symbolizes the motivationbehind the crime, from the statehouse grounds.

Lawmakers voted 37-3 to take down the flag, although a third reading is still needed. …

The state Senate convened Monday morning to debate the bill. State Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, reflected on the state’s history on the floor, saying that the flag “had more to do with what was going on in the 1960s, as opposed to the 1860s.”

“It is part of our past,” he said. “I think we need to leave it at that.”

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