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Monday deadline issued in SC gay marriage case

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A same-sex couple who wants to marry in South Carolina has until Monday to respond to a state request to put on hold a judge's order allowing gay marriages.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel this week threw out South Carolina's constitutional ban on same sex marriage, blocking any state official from enforcing it.

But the order does not take effect until Nov. 20. On Thursday, Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, to put it on hold.

The court has now given attorneys for Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley until 10 a.m. Monday to respond.

The two applied for a same-sex marriage license in Charleston County last month. But before the license could be issued, the state Supreme Court blocked issuing licenses.

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