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The first same-sex marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

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First same-sex marriage licences were issued for the first time in South Carolina yesterday First same-sex marriage licences were issued for the first time in South Carolina yesterday
Colleen Condon and partner Nichols Bleckly is the first lesbian couple in South Carolina to recieve their marriage license Colleen Condon and partner Nichols Bleckly is the first lesbian couple in South Carolina to recieve their marriage license

 By: Emmonie Crumblin

    The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against State Attorney General Alan Wilson's appeal of a ruling that said the ban on same-sex marriage in the state was unconstitutional Wednesday. This allows state probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Charleston county councilwoman Colleen Condon and her partner Nichols Bleckly were the first lesbian couple in SC to receive their marriage license Wednesday morning in Charleston.

    Charleston County handed out five other same-sex marriage licenses within the first 90 minutes Wednesday morning.

    The couple had sued in federal court to get the license, and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled against the same-sex marriage ban in the state's constitution.

    Richland County Probate Judge Amy McCulloch issued two marriage licenses to Columbia same-sex couples who applied for licenses in October. They had already waited more than 24 hours required by law.

    Lexington County Probate Judge Dan Eckstrom refuses to issue same-sex licenses.

    "This issue has not yet been resolved nationally. It is still likely the U.S. Supreme Court will address conflicting rulings between federal circuit courts of appeal," state Attorney General Alan Wilson said. He has already requested to put a hold on same-sex marriages in South Carolina.

    South Carolina will be the 34th state to recognize same-sex marriages if the issue is resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    

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