South Carolina House Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse Grounds

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Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina state house July 6, 2015, in Columbia, South Carolina. The state legislature began debate on the placement of the flag Monday after the issue was reignited by the murders in Charleston at Emanuel AME Church in June. (Credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

The South Carolina House of Representatives approved removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds and placing it in a museum after a contentious debate that stretched into Thursday.

The landmark legislation already passed the state Senate and is supported by the governor.

After beating back dozens of amendments, the House passed the Senate bill, 93 to 7. Final House passage required one more reading and a final vote with a two-thirds supermajority — the support of at least 82 members of the 123-member chamber.

The House recessed briefly, then returned after 1 a.m. for the last reading and the final vote. The bill passed, 94-20.

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