South Carolina AG asks state Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage licenses

Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.) BRUCE SMITH [ap]

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is asking the state Supreme Court to stop a Charleston County judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.)

Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-S.C.)

Wilson’s office filed its petition late Wednesday afternoon.

Attorneys for the state say that the legal issues around whether same-sex marriage is legal in South Carolina remains unsettled. They cite a Wednesday decision by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocking gay marriage in Idaho and a pending South Carolina case.

More than 15 same-sex couples requested marriage licenses Wednesday in Charleston County. State law requires all couples to wait 24 hours before the license is issued.

Wilson’s office is asking the Supreme Court to rule before the 24-hour window closes Thursday morning. The justices gave no indication when they might rule.

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