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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S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

| Monday, July 28, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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The reluctant activist, and a S.C. town that fought back for their gay police chief

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore stands beside her police SUV on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Latta, S.C. Residents of Latta rallied around Moore after the mayor fired her and mentioned he didn't like she was gay, even voting to strip the mayor of his power so Moore could get her job back.
LATTA, S.C. -- When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her "lifestyle" as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago...

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S.C. town reinstates lesbian police chief after voters take away mayor’s power

| Friday, June 27, 2014
Crystal Moore is reinstated as police chief in Latta, S.C., on Friday, June 27, 2014.
LATTA, S.C. -- The town council in Latta, S.C., on Friday evening reinstated police chief Crystal Moore just hours after officials certified Tuesday's vote to change the town's form of government from "strong mayor" to "strong council." Moore, who is openly gay, was fired by Mayor Earl Bullard in April after he issued her seven reprimands in one day ...

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Lesbian police chief to be reinstated after town votes to take away mayor’s power

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents in Latta, S.C., on Tuesday voted to change the town's form of government to "council-strong," a move that would strip the town’s mayor of much of his power and allow the council to rehire its lesbian police chief who was fired by the mayor back in April.

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S.C. DMV: Gender non-conforming teen can’t take license photo in makeup

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Chase Culpepper
ANDERSON, S.C. -- The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says a gender non-conforming teen who dresses as a girl may not have his driver's license photo retaken wearing makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is requesting that 16-year-old Chase Culpepper be allowed to have a new photo dressed as he normally does.

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Myrtle Beach, S.C., passes far-reaching LGBT protections

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Leaders in one of South Carolina’s most popular beach resort city amended their human rights ordinance on Tuesday evening, including far-reaching LGBT-inclusive protections on everything from public accommodations to education. The new protections were passed without objection by the six-member council.

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S.C. Senate panel rejects budget cuts to colleges that assigned gay-themed books

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
South Carolina statehouse in Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Senate's budget-writing committee has rejected an effort to punish two South Carolina universities for assigning gay-themed books to freshmen.

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Proposed cuts to S.C. colleges over ‘gay books’ face opposition in Senate

| Sunday, April 27, 2014
South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A state House budget proposal to cut $70,000 from two South Carolina universities for assigning gay-themed books to freshmen might not get much of a reception in the Senate.

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S.C. town blocks homophobic mayor from replacing fired lesbian police chief

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mayor Earl Bullard
LATTA, S.C. -- The Latta, S.C. Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of two key measures supporting fired police Crystal Moore, who residents and council members speculate was fired by a homophobic mayor because the chief is gay.

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S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

| Friday, April 18, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias.

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