A proposal to take the Confederate battle flag down from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol passed a procedural vote in the State Senate Monday. The body will return for a third and final vote on Tuesday before sending the proposal on to the South Carolina House of Representatives. Last month’s murders of nine people in a black church in Charleston prompted the filing of the bill. Opponents of the plan told their colleagues that the memory of ancestors who fought and died for the Confederacy would be dishonored by taking down the flag and offered amendments intended to keep the banner in place in some form.
ABC’s Jim Ryan has the latest from Columbia.