Due to pressure from pro-LGBT advocacy groups, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney will not attend the Palmetto Family Council fundraiser on June 2.
The fundraiser was to honor Swinney and other “South Carolina defenders of religious liberty”
Swinney released a statement on Wednesday (h/t CBSSports.com):
“I was recently selected by the Palmetto Family Council, an organization with which I have no association, as their “South Carolina Family Champion of 2015” and was invited to receive this recognition at an event sponsored by the group on June 2,” said Swinney in the statement. “I had no idea that I was being invited into a political controversy. It was my understanding that the nomination and selection for this award was based on the work done by our All In Foundation and the difference it is making in our community. My acceptance of this award was to be on behalf of all the volunteers that make our foundation a success. The work of our foundation is intended to build a better community and be a positive influence.
“Recently, my scheduled participation in this event has been perceived incorrectly as an endorsement of certain viewpoints and has entered the political arena. I have been out of town since last Thursday and am disappointed that this has become a distraction for me, my team and many others. I have been and continue to be very open about my personal beliefs. However, I do not inject those beliefs or the work of the foundation into the political process.
The Palmetto Family Council states on their website that,
“Our mission is to persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication, and networking.”
“Our vision is to transform the culture in South Carolina by promoting the values and virtues of marriage, the traditional family model, and sexual purity. “