30 same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Charleston Co.

30 same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Charleston Co.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thursday's decision to uphold the ban on gay marriage didn't sit well with local same-sex couples.

Over two dozen marriage applications were accepted before the

was put in place.

Many of those couples signed up for marriage licenses Wednesday and Thursday.

The 30 same-sex couples whose marriage applications were accepted all applied for a lot of different reasons.

"It's our right to enjoy our lives together and show everybody that we care for each other," said William Hale.

Mez Joseph and William Hale say they've been together for 12 years.

Joseph said, "We want to spend the rest of our lives together. Being from Virginia and seeing what's happening there is amazing."

Shawn Brock and Andrew Billings have been together for two decades and want the benefits of marriage.

Billings said, "The legal end of getting married; social security, retirement and things like that. If something happens to me right now, Shawn wouldn't get anything because we're considered single."

Nichols Bleckley and her finance, Charleston County councilwoman Colleen Condon were the first to have a marriage license accepted in the county.

Bleckley remains hopeful even after finding out here license won't be issued as she expected.

"It's disappointing that it wasn't issued now, but we know it will be," said Bleckley.

Supporters of the gay marriage say they'll continue their efforts for marriage equality.

Attorney Gressette said, "Every moment that passes that individuals do not have the right to choose their lawful marriage partner is a moment that cannot be given back."

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