Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
LADSON, SC (WCSC) -
The fight for marriage equality is getting closer to South Carolina. On Monday, clergy members filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage. In two weeks, May 13th, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the Carolinas, will hear arguments in a case involving Virginia's law which was ruled unconstitutional in February. A ruling could come later this summer, but it still gives no guarantees for the hundreds of same sex couples waiting for change in South Carolina.
Scott McDonald-Mostella says "South Carolina does everything last. We were first to secede from the Union, but we're the last state to do anything else. I just wish we could change that mentality."
Scott was legally married to Joseph Mostella in Connecticut in 2009. But that legal marriage means little, if anything in their home state of South Carolina. They are not afforded the same benefits as heterosexual couples who wed somewhere else and move here. In fact, they are considered something entirely different.
"We can register it here in the state as 'legal strangers' but nothing more than that will come of it," Scott says. "That's what we will be in South Carolina. I would love to know the definition of 'legal strangers.'"
Unlike other married couples, Joseph and Scott face challenges that straight couples likely take for granted. Joseph says Scott "went to the hospital and they would not let me see him until he was wide awake and completely clear to say 'please send him back' because I'm not legally his husband. I'm not family."
Legally married couples like Scott and Joseph are afforded some options now that they weren't a year ago. Last summer's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn part of the Defense of Marriage Act grants the couple federal rights and privileges. That including filing their federal taxes jointly for the first time. Scott says it was four pages in just a few minutes. But because they are not recognized in South Carolina, Scott said he had to file about 217 pages worth of documents to make sure he and his husband filed separately.
"We want to share our lives together, just like our straight counterparts do," Scott says.
They are certainly not alone. A lawsuit filed by highway patrol trooper Katie Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin is making its way though South Carolina court right now. It's the first case since the Supreme Court decision last summer. But Governor Nikki Haley has already promised to defend the state's amendment banning gay marriage.
But Joseph argues "I don't think the law should be allowed to restrict civil and human rights, and technically the constitution says it can't."
The 10th Circuit Court just heard appeals to court decisions striking down bans in Utah and Oklahoma. State amendments banning gay marriage have already been struck down in court in several other states like Texas, Michigan, and Virginia this year. But the most significant ruling could come from the 4th Circuit Court this summer. If it upholds the ruling making Virginia's law unconstitutional, it could set the stage for the rest of the 4th Circuit states to follow suit. That includes South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>