COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has officially filed an appeal of Wednesday's federal court ruling to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
That filing was made Thursday morning, according to Attorney General's Office spokesman Mark Powell, and comes a day after United States District Judge Richard Gergel issued a permanent injunction preventing the state from enforcing its same-sex marriage ban, ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. Attorney General Wilson was given until November 20 to file an appeal to the Fourth District Circuit, after which time the injunction would go into effect.
"Today's ruling comes as no surprise and does not change the constitutional obligation of this Office to defend South Carolina law," Wilson said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Wilson cites the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recent upholding of "traditional" marriage as a reason for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in to resolve the matter.
The attorney general said South Carolina's laws on marriage are unlike those in any other states, and therefore "should have their day in court at the highest appropriate level."
On October 6, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would not listen to appeals from five states seeking to uphold bans on same-sex marriages, instead leaving it up to lower courts to decide.