2nd gay marriage lawsuit filed in South Carolina

2nd gay marriage lawsuit filed in South Carolina

By BRUCE SMITH

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A second federal lawsuit has been filed in South Carolina over same-sex marriage.

A Charleston couple who applied for, but did not receive, a marriage license last week filed a federal lawsuit in Charleston on Wednesday. They want a federal judge to declare the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages illegal.

The case is somewhat different from another now before a federal judge in Columbia. There, a same-sex couple who married in Washington, D.C., wants South Carolina to recognize their marriage.

Attorneys for the Charleston couple say they didn't want to take any chances that a ruling in the Columbia case might still prevent their clients from marrying in the state.

Mark Powell, a spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson, says Wilson has not yet seen the lawsuit and can't immediately comment.

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