The South Carolina legislation states officials are now "prohibited from favoring or endorsing religion over non-religion" and "the State of South Carolina's decision to respect, endorse, and recognize parody marriages and sexual orientation policies has excessively entangled the government with the religion of Secular Humanism", which refers to a nontheistic belief system based on moral values, rather than religious doctrine.
If passed, the bill would ban the state from recognizing these marriages. Lawmakers chose to switch out same-sex marriage for civil partnerships just six months after the country's Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.
The supporters of the bill argue that although there has not been "a land rush" on gay marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court's judgement, there has been an increase in "persecution of non-observers by secular humanists and an effort by secular humanists to infiltrate and indoctrinate minors in public schools into their world view".
The bill defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
"Pure prejudice is what that is".
However, Jeff March of South Carolina Pride says the bill is just another way for conservatives to perpetuate "outright prejudice".
But the authors have a weird argument about why that decision was wrong.
Late past year, Bermuda became the first country ever to reban same-sex marriage. They wrote that that idea of having a sexual orientation is "implicitly religious", part of the "religion of Secular Humanism". "They want to call our marriage that we fought so hard for. a 'parody marriage.' That insults me on the deepest level". The heart of both arguments - state recognition of diverse peoples oppresses them as Christians - is the same.
SC is one of the worst states in the USA in terms of LGBT rights laws.
The bill has been sent to a committee.
"Whatever someone does in their own time and in their own home is their business, but when it comes to the government in the state, we have to have policies that are nonreligious or secular in nature", the bill's main sponsor, State Rep. Steven Long, R-Spartanburg told The Post and Courier.
Wood said she hopes the bill does not pass.
"It's written with hate. I can't imagine there are state officials that put this in writing", March said.