SCOTUS DENIES SC AG's request for a stay 

November 20, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied S.C. Attorney General Wilson's request for a stay in the case of Condon v. Wilson. The ruling means applications for same-sex marriages will be accepted state-wide beginning at noon today (November 20). Eleven same-sex couples on Wednesday picked up their marriage licenses in Charleston County before the state court administration office recommended waiting until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the stay put in place last week by District Court Judge Richard Gergel expired.

judge rules in favor of out-of-state same-sex marriages

November 18, 2014.  Judge Michelle Childs granted summary judgment to Plaintiffs Katherine Bradacs and Tracy Goodwin and denied the Haley/Wilson request for a stay. The plaintiffs have challenged the constitutionality of SC's Laws and constitutional provisions that deny legal recognition in SC to the marriages of same-sex couples who are married in one of the many states and numerous foreign countries where same-sex marriages are legal.

The Summary Judgement

4th Circuit court of appeals denies sC on Gay marriage

November 18, 2014. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and denied his request for an emergency stay on last week's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Wilson released a statement after the ruling saying the issue has not been resolved nationally and indicated SC will be seeking an application for a stay to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The order from the 4th Circuit

Federal judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban, stays ruling until Nov. 20

November 12, 2014. The state's same-sex marriage ban "unconstitutionally infringe on the rights of Plaintiffs under the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and are invalid as a matter of law," Gergel wrote in his order.

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The Order

On Friday, October 31, 2014, ACLU of South Carolina and SC Equality filed a suit in the US District Court, Greenville Division, on behalf of three Plaintiffs who have cannot obtain a SC driver’s license in his or her chosen name.  Each plaintiff was married in another state and chose to change his or her surname.  SC DMV refuses to recognize these name changes because each of these individuals is married to a person of the same sex.   A marriage license or certificate from Massachusetts, New York or Connecticut or any other state is accepted as documentation of a name change if the person requesting the new name presents documentation of a marriage to someone of the opposite sex.  

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The complaint 

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There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Under our laws, we do not turn away unaccompanied kids who come here fleeing violence. The Constitution is not expendable. Its principles define us as a nation. We must stay true to them.

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