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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Mike Fair

S.C. lawmaker claims university program is designed to recruit lesbians

Monday, April 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina college that recently lost $17,000 in state funds after it assigned students a gay-themed book, has cancelled a solo performance with same-sex themes after a state lawmaker accused the school of trying to recruit lesbians. [ Read more → ]
Garry Smith

S.C. lawmakers’ protection of students is just another anti-LGBT attack in disguise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
By now, you likely have already heard about the controversy regarding the South Carolina lawmakers punishing colleges for assigning two gay-themed books to students. The new state budget deducts $70,000 collectively from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. The amount adds up to the how much the two colleges spent on the two books. Rep. Garry Smith is leading the charge because he claims the books, “Fun Home” and “Out Loud: Rainbow Radio,” do not represent South Carolina community values... [ Read more → ]

Woman challenges S.C. gay marriage ban in seeking divorce from spouse

Friday, March 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina woman is challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage by seeking recognition both of her union and separation. [ Read more → ]
South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.

S.C. lawmakers refuse to restore cuts to colleges that assigned gay themed books

Monday, March 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina House refused Monday to back down from plans to punish two public colleges in the budget for assigning freshmen to read books dealing with homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Anton Hysén

Out European soccer player Anton Hysén signs with Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Monday, March 10, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.. – Openly gay European soccer player Anton Hysén has signed with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]

S.C. lawmakers want to punish 2 colleges for assigning books on homosexuality

Thursday, February 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina legislators want to punish two public colleges for assigning books on homosexuality to freshmen. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]

S.C. bill would allow married, same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns

Friday, January 17, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The top Democrat in the South Carolina House says same-sex couples who are legally married in other states should be able to jointly file their state income taxes. [ Read more → ]
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (left) and Attorney General Alan Wilson.

S.C. governor, AG say state does not have to recognize same-sex marriages

Friday, November 15, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorneys for Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson said in court papers filed this week that the state of South Carolina doesn't have to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states and the nation's capital. [ Read more → ]

Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Linda Oliver

Town council accepts mayor’s apology for Facebook rant, gay slurs

Sunday, October 20, 2013
WEST UNION, S.C. -- Officials in a small South Carolina mountain town say they've accepted the mayor's apology for a Facebook rant that included gay slurs as she criticized same-sex couples for applying for marriage licenses in a nearby county. [ Read more → ]

Former S.C. GOP official: Transgender people are ‘disgusting freaks’

Friday, October 18, 2013
The former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, says transgender people are "disgusting freaks" and should be rounded up and "put in a camp." [ Read more → ]
Linda Oliver

S.C. mayor: I don’t want ‘queer’ marriage ‘rammed down my throat’

Thursday, October 17, 2013
WEST UNION, S.C. -- A small town mayor in South Carolina has come under fire for a Facebook rant in which she derided gay rights and marriage equality, and repeatedly referred to gays as "queers," using the term in a derogatory manner. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit alleges anti-gay bullying by Charleston, S.C. high school teacher

Saturday, September 7, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A high school math teacher in South Carolina bullied a student so mercilessly as "gay" that the boy tried to kill himself, the teen and his mother claim in court. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple sues over S.C. ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, September 2, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A legally married gay couple living in South Carolina is suing to have the state's ban on gay marriage overturned. [ Read more → ]

S.C. advocacy group, ACLU launching same-sex marriage effort

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group in South Carolina is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union to explore legal options for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Jeffrey Collins, APAnalouisa Valencia holds up her official picture for the Miss South Carolina pageant before she teaches a gymnastics class in Spartanburg, S.C.

Miss S.C. pageant gets its first openly gay contestant

Saturday, July 6, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Analouisa Valencia isn't the typical pageant contestant in a lot of ways. Her family doesn't have a lot of money, she is biracial and bilingual and, in what may be a first for the Miss South Carolina and its parent Miss America pageants, she is openly gay. [ Read more → ]
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Parents sue S.C. hospital over child’s gender assignment surgery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A couple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of South Carolina for what they say was an unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a toddler they later adopted. [ Read more → ]

South Carolina lawmaker to introduce LGBT non-discrimination bill

Friday, April 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill protecting all workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity will be introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives next Tuesday, according to staff at a state LGBT equality group. [ Read more → ]
Mark Sanford

Former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford: No gays on the Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Mark Sanford perfectly encapsulates the particular sanctimony the Right reserves for homosexuality. Republican politicians perfected this selective intolerance back when gay people were a convenient political punching bag – an unfamiliar other with whom the majority could not immediately identify. Since then, gay people have come out of the closet in droves and most Americans have come to embrace gay rights. But the GOP is sticking with its reflex condemnation of gay people. Does it trouble Mark Sanford or give him any pause at all as he goes from being the ambassador of international love back to his embrace of a position that is now laughingly hypocritical? [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

New political ad targets U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s anti-gay comments

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C -- A new political ad is emphasizing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's previously stated belief that LGBT people shouldn't be allowed to teach in schools has angered DeMint supporters because, they claim, it falsely portrays the Senator as anti-Semitic. [ Read more → ]

NOM wants Newt Gingrich to ‘save’ marriage? Hilarity ensues

Sunday, January 22, 2012
It's obvious that if Newt Gingrich is interested in, as NOM claims, preserving marriage as the union between one man and one woman, he seems to think that he is exempt from the rule. And it's even more obvious that NOM's silence regarding his, shall we say, indiscretions is signalling that the organization is turning a blind eye to his past behavior. [ Read more → ]

Gingrich comes from behind to win South Carolina primary

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pulled a surprise win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, throwing off expectations for the race for the GOP nomination. With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich had a wide lead with 40.8 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in second with 21.1 percent. [ Read more → ]

South Carolina announces pro-equality license plates

Friday, January 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto state’s LGBT education and political advocacy organization, announced Thursday that South Carolina joins Indiana this week as one of three states to claim pro-equality license plates. Maryland was the first in 2008. [ Read more → ]
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