After the unexpected decision by the US supreme court not to hear a series of appeals, same-sex marriage is now legal in 32 US states. So what about the 18 remaining states? South Carolina, Montana and Kansas are in this category, covered by the fourth, ninth, and 10th circuits. In other states, even if a district judge rules that a ban is unconstitutional, the case would still need to run up the appeals process. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage hope the supreme court will weigh in and clear things up. Experts agree that if an appeals court were to rule in favor of a gay marriage ban, setting up a conflict between jurisdictions, pressure would increase on the justices to take up a case.
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The Supreme Court has rejected a request to put gay marriage on hold in South Carolina, clearing the way for the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at noon Thursday. A federal judge in South Carolina last week declared the state's ban unconstitutional , but gave state officials one week to file any appeals. He ordered that his ruling would take effect at noon Thursday. The state attorney general then asked the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, to put a hold on the judge's order while the state pursued an appeal.
Judges in Kansas, South Carolina set to allow gay marriage despite bans
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in South Carolina. Same-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples are eligible for all of the protections available to opposite-sex married couples. Jason Elliott represents the 22nd District which includes part of Greenville and is a member of the Republican Party. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. South Carolina voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and prohibited the recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Another court ruling on November 18 had ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Rainey , which found Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, one judge accepted marriage license applications from same-sex couples until the South Carolina Supreme Court , in response to a request by the state Attorney General, ordered them to stop. A federal court ruled South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on November 12, with implementation of that decision stayed until noon on November The first same-sex wedding ceremony was held on November