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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Transgender rights group sues S.C. over teen’s driver’s license photo

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Chase Culpepper
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An organization that supports transgender rights has filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina after it refused to issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen unless he took off his makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund filed the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Chase Culpepper...

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S.C. businesses roll out the red carpet for ‘Big Gay’ wedding celebration

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Charleston, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gay rights advocates hope the buzz surrounding a "Big, Gay 'I Do'" wedding celebration in Charleston will show how much money South Carolina's businesses are losing to the state's ban on same-sex marriage. With federal courts overturning similar bans in other states, advocates in a city that's already one of the nation's top wedding locales decided to...

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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S.C. gubernatorial candidate: Time to stop defending same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, August 1, 2014
Vincent Sheheen
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- — Gov. Nikki Haley's Democratic challenger says South Carolina should "pause" in defending a lawsuit trying to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban. Camden Sen. Vincent Sheheen's statement comes days after a federal appeals court ruled Virginia's similar ban is unconstitutional. South Carolina is in the same judicial circuit...

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Same-sex couples denied marriage licenses in South Carolina county

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state's ban on same-sex marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" project.

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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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