Same-Sex Marriages Begin in South Carolina

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 CHARLESTON, SC — Probate courts in Lancaster, Chester and York Counties will begin accepting same-sex marriage applications Thursday morning. 

A judge issued the first license to a lesbian couple in Charleston Wednesday, who then got married at the county courthouse.  A district court judge overturned South Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage last week.  Several other couples received their licenses Wednesday, before judges were told they had to wait until the unions are officially allowed to begin at noon Thursday.

“Now we’re able to be legal, and there’s no going back here,” said applicant Frank Kiraly.  “We’ve got recognition and we’re so excited.  It’s been a long time coming; we’ve been together 15 years.”

South Carolina’s Attorney General is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the weddings.  Meanwhile, a second federal judge has ruled that South Carolina has to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.