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Judge gives state 7 more weeks to answer gay marriage suit

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Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin (Source: Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado) Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin (Source: Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The state of South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley, and Attorney General Alan Wilson have received an additional seven weeks to answer a lawsuit filed by a Lexington County couple against the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

In a court document filed on Sept. 12, Judge Joe Anderson granted state officials until Nov. 15, 2013 to answer the suit. 

Mark Powell, the attorney general's spokesman, says Wilson "plans to fully defend the state's law."

The lawsuit was brought about by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper and her wife.

Trooper Katherine Bradacs, Tracie Goodwin, and their attorney, John Nichols, filed the lawsuit in US District Court on Aug. 28.

The suit challenges the Palmetto State's Defense of Marriage Law and a 2007 amendment to the state constitution. They both ban same sex marriage and recognition of those marriages performed outside the state.

The suit is the first legal challenge against the state's ban since the US Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act back in June.

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