Church vs. State: Gaffney alcohol referendum going to voters

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Despite opposition from pastors and church members, a referendum on allowing Sunday alcohol sales in stores and restaurants in Gaffney will go before the voters this fall.

Local media outlets report that dozens of opponents turned out Monday night but town council voted 4-1 to allow voters to decide the issue.

Councilman Harold Littlejohn cast the lone dissenting vote saying he voted his faith and is strongly opposed to drinking.

Mayor Henry Jolly said council was responding to a petition signed by local restaurant owners. He said they want a level playing field with other nearby communities that allow Sunday sales.

But Pastor Billy Elder of Silica Springs Baptist Church warned Sunday sales would not be good for Gaffney.

Gaffney, in Cherokee County, has about 13,000 residents.

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