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South Carolina

South Carolina is the 8th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788. Its capital and most populous city is Columbia.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name was approved by voters in November 2006. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The case is Bradacs v. Haley.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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South Carolina 4th Circuit appeal of same-sex marriage cases

Monday, December 15, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The Fourth Circuit has consolidated the two South Caroling marriage cases and granted the state's motion to put the appeals on hold while they seek relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
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New research shows why marriage equality has been so successful so fast. Plus, a recap of last week's marriage equality developments. [...]

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Lawyers in South Carolina gay marriage case want state to pay legal fees

Friday, December 12, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and Nichols Bleckley are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's gay marriage ban.
Lawyers are seeking reimbursement of $150,000 in legal fees to fight the ban after the state continued to deny same-sex marriages despite a 4th Circuit Court ruling. [...]

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S.C. says marriage rulings make gay couple’s name change lawsuit moot

Thursday, December 11, 2014
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South Carolina officials say a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles is moot now that gay couples can marry. [...]

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S.C. lawmaker wants to protect officials for refusing same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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A South Carolina lawmaker is proposing a bill to protect officials for refusing same-sex marriage licenses based on religious beliefs [...]

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South Carolina to take same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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State officials in South Carolina notified a federal appeals court Monday that they plan to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on the issue of same-sex marriage, in advance of any decision by the appeals court. [...]

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South Carolina state agencies begin recognizing same-sex marriages

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Government agencies in South Carolina began recognizing gay marriages on Thursday, extending health care coverage to the spouses and children of same-sex couples who work for the state. Residents can also now change their last name on their driver's license to their partner's, as long as, like [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled. The court denied Wilson's request to prevent the marriages while he appeals last week's decision by a federal judge tossing out [...]

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S.C. Supreme Court lifts injunction that blocked same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has lifted an injunction that prohibited the state's probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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Judge issues first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A judge issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions. Judge Irvin Condon's office handed out six licenses in the first 90 minutes the Charleston County [...]

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