CONWAY S.C. (WBTW) — Members of the LGBTQ+ community in Myrtle Beach gathered around the Horry County Government and Justice Center Tuesday before the Horry County Council meeting for a peaceful protest after the council voted to walk back its vote to recognize June as Pride Month in Horry County.

The council originally designated June as Pride Month on May 17, but three weeks later, council voted to revoke the resolution that publicly showed support and acceptance to the LBGTQ+ community. 

Councilman Johnny Vaught told News13 that no one on council caught it because the resolution just said Pride Month. Vaught said council began to get backlash from the community after it passed the resolution. 

Grand Strand Pride volunteer Adam Hayes said they were disheartened by the decision.

“Obviously with the pride resolution being rescinded it definitely shows the county, the state and the rest of the country that Horry County is not accepting, which I think hurts all of us in the end,” Hayes said.

Hayes said they are expecting a few hundred people to participate in the peaceful protest at 5:15 p.m. before the council meeting.

“We consulted with each other and decided that a demonstration of what the community is, because it seemed that maybe they didn’t realize how many LGBTQ+ community members and allies that we had in the area,” Hayes said.

Much of the public comment time was taken up by those sharing their concerns about the decision to rescind the vote.

“That is such a backward step for the greater Horry County community and that we needed to show up and show our support for pride and for LGBT people,” said Veronica Walters with the T-Time Transgender Support Group.

Parents also showed support.

“I’m a pretty conservative person,” Sherri Singleton said. “I am very much a constitutionalist supporter and in our constitution, it says that we all have the right to the pursuit of happiness and that is was these folks are doing.”

One person who spoke said the decision has made national news and does not shine a good light on Myrtle Beach, which relies heavily on tourism.

After the meeting, Councilmember Danny Hardee said he felt a lot of people were offended by the decision to take back the vote.

“I apologize for not catching it to start with and voting it no and we can move on, but when I did vote for it and I realized it was in there that’s why I’d asked for it to be reconsidered and if it offended someone, I apologize,” Hardee said.

Hardee said he can’t vote for something he doesn’t believe in.