Supreme Court Refuses to Block Same-Sex Marriages in SC

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 SOUTH CAROLINA — Same-sex couples in South Carolina can continue to tie the knot.  The U.S. Supreme Court refused a request Thursday by the state Attorney General to block the unions.

That makes the Palmetto State the 35th in the nation to make same-sex marriages legal.  People started applying for licenses Wednesday, and couples started saying “I do” Thursday.

“It’s overwhelming.  I really don’t know what to say yet, ’cause I can’t believe that the day has finally happened that it was here in South Carolina,” said recently married Frank Kiraly.

South Carolina is now extending health coverage to the spouses of gay and lesbian state employees.