Wedding ceremony held outside Charleston courthouse for same-sex couple

Wedding ceremony held outside Charleston courthouse for same-sex couple

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A same-sex couple wasted no time making their marriage official after receiving their marriage license in Charleston County Wednesday morning.

Kayla Bennett and Kristin Anderson exited Charleston County Probate Court Wednesday with marriage license in hand, and quickly said "I do."

Minister Tobin Williamson presided over the same-sex couple's marriage ceremony, which was held just outside the courthouse.

"It's the beginning of a new chapter I guess," the couple said. "Everything will be the exact same, expect we can get benefits, so that's awesome."

Same-sex ceremonies have been performed in the past in South Carolina, but this is the first officially recognized ceremony in the state without a ban on gay marriage being place.

Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon and her fiance, Nichols Bleckley, attended the wedding ceremony. They were the first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license Wednesday morning.

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