Gaffney Sunday alcohol sales heads to November ballot, despite opposition

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Gaffney city council podium became a pulpit of resistance during Monday’s meeting.

“I am begging and pleading with you today to stop this in its tracks,” said Pastor Bob Finley.

Two local pastors and dozens of residents filled the council chambers in opposition to selling alcohol on Sundays.

“The bible says woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink,” said Pastor Billy Elder. “The juice is just not worth the squeeze.”

Pastor Billy Elder and dozens of residents filled the council chambers in opposition to selling alcohol on Sundays. Council was tasked with voting on the second reading of the ordinance.

The ordinance was originally proposed by businessman Darren Mason, asking council to allow a citywide vote on selling beer and wine on Sundays.

“People leave us every Sunday to support businesses in other towns so we need that here,” said Mason.

Council voted 5-1 in favor of the ordinance. Councilman Harold Littlejohn had the lone “no” vote.

“They’re voted in by all the people, not just Christians and non-Christians,” said Mason.

“Ultimately, it is the right thing to do to stand in opposition of this,” said Elder.

The true measure of the city’s opinion will now come later this year.  The decision of whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays in the city of Gaffney is now in the voters’ hands. That will be in the form of a referendum on November’s ballot.

“We’ve kinda talked about it for four years to businesses and owners and they’re on board. I think it’s going to pass,” said Mason.

Pastor Elder says they’re not giving up — because selling booze on Sundays is bad businesses.

“We are looking to fight in November. Organize with other churches and get the word out about the need for us as voters to turn such things as this down,” said Elder.

This isn’t a topic only being discussed in Gaffney.  Spartanburg county council will have the second reading of a Sunday alcohol sales ordinance at its August 15th meeting. The city of Spartanburg, Easley, and Greenville county already have these measures on the November ballot.

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