SC Dem Candidates Attend Upstate Pride Festival

(Via: @GavinJackson)

South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket attended Upstate Pride’s tenth anniversary celebration at Barnet Park in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday.

James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell “thoroughly enjoyed” themselves at the event, according to a tweet from Smith.

According to reporter Gavin Jackson of S.C. Educational Television, “both Smith and Norrell have an openly gay child.”

“It’s an honor to live in a town that is accommodating and supportive,” event attendee Pate Randall told The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. “I think every year that passes, it brings more and more acceptance. I think the event was viewed as a protest in the beginning or a fight for recognition, but I think that is less and less the case now.”