Federal judge wants briefs in South Carolina same-sex marriage challenge


COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge is asking lawyers for a couple who wants South Carolina to recognize their same-sex marriage and state attorneys to submit briefs after a federal appeals court ruling appeared to clear the way for gay marriage in the state.

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Judge Michelle Childs issued her request Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a ruling allowing same-sex marriage by a federal court with jurisdiction over South Carolina. Childs had put the case on hold.

Childs set an Oct. 15 deadline for a schedule of when to present their briefs.

State Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will keep fighting for the ban. Lawyers for the same-sex couple say South Carolina needs to give up a fight they are almost guaranteed to lose.

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