South Carolina's legally married same-sex couples are committed to marriage every day of the year. However, due to SC tax policies, these couples must report that they are not married when they file their taxes, making them feel they are only married 364 days of the year.
In the U.S., 17 states plus Washington, D.C. allow same-sex couples to marry. Nearly 40% of the American population lives in a freedom-to-marry state. In SC, we are working to do everything possible to fix the unfair patchwork of state laws that discriminates against same-sex couples.
On April 15, Married 364 tax day events were hosted by ACLU of SC and SC Equality and also by Equality North Carolina and Equality Virginia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear a challenge to a Virginia same-sex marriage ban in May and that ruling could potentially impact the future of SC's same-sex marriage ban.
The civil rights coalition that challenged South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, Act 69 (also known as SB 20), has reached an agreement with the state that permanently blocks key provisions and provides strict limits on the “racial profiling” provisions of the law.
The ACLU of SC advocates and lobbies for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
This year, the US Departments of Education and Justice released a groundbreaking guidance on school discipline, explaining that, under federal civil rights laws, public schools must eliminate racially discriminatory discipline in all its forms.