"I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday," Horne cried.
She cited the death of the pastor the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine allegedly shot dead by Dylann Roof, 21, who was formally indicted Tuesday on nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
It wasn't easy. It wasn't without emotion. But I'm so proud of my colleagues for doing the right thing. The Confederate flag is coming down.— JennyHorne (@JennyHorne) July 9, 2015[scald=3136:sdl_editor_representation]
The Republicans opponents of the measure were trying to amend the bill, which procedurally could have delayed the vote to the fall.
Horned noted she was a descendent of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederacy in the Civil War.
"If any of you vote to amend, you are ensuring that this flag will fly beyond Friday," she said. "And for the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury, and I will not be a part of it."