South Carolina’s Old South is rising to rout the gays

South Carolina isn’t going to let its last states’ rights hurrah go down without a fight. In sleepy downtown Columbia, as statues of segregationist Strom Thurmond and violent Red Shirter Ben Tillman look on, a showdown is blossoming between the Palmetto State’s anti-LGBT status quo and the federal government’s continued march toward full equality for LGBT couples.