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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 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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South Carolina AG to ask U.S. Supreme Court to block same-sex marriages

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent same-sex marriages from beginning in the state on Thursday. [...]

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Fourth Circuit rejects attempt to delay same-sex marriage in South Carolina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in South Carolina beginning this week - at least for now. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, denied the state's request to block the marriages while it appeals [...]

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Couple asks federal court to allow gay marriages to proceed in South Carolina

Monday, November 17, 2014
Nichols Beckley, left and, Colleen Condon after their application for a marriage license was accepted on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 by a probate judge in Charleston. S.C. The couple will receive the license Thursday after a 24-hour waiting period unless the issuance is stayed by the South Carolina Supreme Court or another appropriate court.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gay marriages should be allowed to proceed in South Carolina because the state is unlikely to win its appeal to block them and has not shown it would suffer harm if such marriages take place, attorneys for a same-sex couple say. [...]

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South Carolina files notice it will appeal ruling that overturned gay marriage ban

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is formally appealing a judge's ruling that tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Wilson on Thursday filed a notice he would be appealing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. He has called the ruling [...]

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South Carolina AG says he will appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will appeal a federal judge's ruling tossing out the state's ban on same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, ruling Wednesday in the case of a couple from Charleston suing to be married, found South Carolina's state constitutional ban [...]

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Judge strikes down South Carolina same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal judge has struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Wednesday ruled against the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But marriage licenses can't be immediately handed out. Gergel gave state Attorney General Alan Wilson a delay until Nov. [...]

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