“The banners are hung by the city, but you have to get the permission of the businesses around there,” a former organizer told qnotes, an LGBT news site covering North and South Carolina.

“It was a combination of working with city hall and working with the businesses themselves, which was a pretty neat experience for those involved.”

According to the qnotes, organizers faced no resistance from the local business associations in their bid to put up the banners citing Columbia’s progressive leanings in the middle of one of the country’s most conservative states.

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