Richland County now issuing same-sex marriage licenses
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has lifted an injunction preventing certain South Carolina counties from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
The court, according to an order issued late Wednesday, lifted the injunction after a U.S. District Court rendered a verdict in the Bradacs v. Haley case -- a suit filed by a Lexington County couple looking to have their marriage recognized by the state.
U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs ruled in favor of the couple late Tuesday.
In Richland County, that injunction prevented probate court Judge Amy McCulloch from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who had already applied and paid for a license.
Richland County probate court opened at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and shortly after, a young couple applied for their same-sex marriage license. Their application was accepted, and the judge told them they should hopefully be able to come back on Thursday to pick up their license following the mandatory 24-hour waiting period.
An older couple, Sheila Morris and Teresa Williams, applied for their marriage license in October. They paid for it, but had to wait several hours before it was given to them. Morris and Williams have been together for 14 years.
Several couples submitted applications to the court Wednesday morning after Tuesday's court ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals which denied the SC Attorney General's request to put on hold a judge's order allowing the marriages. Last week U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel threw out South Carolina's state constitutional ban on such marriages and said they could begin at noon Thursday.
Wednesday, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said he would ask the United States Supreme Court to prevent same-sex marriage in the state.
Tuesday the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Wilson and denied his request for an emergency stay on a court ruling last week that ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
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