South Carolina Senators Vote to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

House members to consider whether to remove the flag after the recent Emanuel AME church shooting brought the issue back into the spotlight.
2:08 | 07/07/15

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Transcript for South Carolina Senators Vote to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds
To the fight over the confederate flag. Lawmakers in South Carolina casting the first votes to remove it from the grounds of the statehouse in Columbia. And ABC's Steve osunsami is there with the latest for us. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. This morning the state senate here is expected to give its third nod of approval to the measure that would finally remove the confederate battle flag from the state grounds here and we're hearing there are votes for this in the statehouse too. This morning, the culture war in South Carolina over the confederate battle flag is coming to a head. Outside in the sweltering heat people for and against the flag are screaming at each other. Thinking, oh, my grandpappy believed that way. I have to. Wrong. Reporter: Inside they appear to vote the flag down. Aye. Reporter: It takes three votes in both houses to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds. The last and final vote could come as early as Thursday. I'm embarrassed to say that I never fully realized just how offensive the confederate battle flag was to you and other african-americans in our state. Reporter: Lawmakers are clearly moved by the murder of one of their own, senator clementa pinckney's desk remains covered in black cloth. One of the nine people killed by an alleged gunman who took pictures of himself with a gun in one hand and a confederate flag in the other. We should pass this bill not because our friend was assassinated, because it's the right thing to do. Reporter: But the flag supporters were equally passionate holding up a book with the name of 20,000 dead confederate soldiers. We're placing the blame of what one de ranked lunatic did on people that hold their southern heritage high and I don't think that's fair. Is there people that still hate, yes, they do. It taking down that flag going to make them stop hating? No, it's not. Reporter: But this is far from a done deal. Lawmakers in the statehouse would have to go along with this and there are many more flag supporters there. George. We will be watching, okay, Steve, thanks very much.

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