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SC Supreme Court ruling: "This completely changes the ball game of family law in SC"

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Probate judges across South Carolina are now required by law to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the state Supreme Court lifted an injunction Wednesday.

On Thursday, county courthouses across the state are expected to be busy as some same-sex couples will pick up their licenses and others will apply.

"The ability to have all the rights and privileges of marriage is a pretty significant thing," explains attorney Nathan Senn.

Senn says it is unclear when married couples will be able to receive joint benefits. He says it is a complex issue because insurance companies are regulated by a state insurance department, which is under the direction of Governor Nikki Haley's administration.

"Whether it be applying for benefits or even just going to the DMV and asking for a name to be changed, if that doesn't happen tomorrow, it's going to be happening in pretty short order."

Senn says, barring a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples in South Carolina are now legally recognized.

"In theory, once a couple is married validly, legally, under the laws of the state of South Carolina, then a company or the state government, for that matter, would have no reason to deny them the benefits to which they are entitled to under the law."

According to the Attorney General's Office, Wilson electronically filed an appeal Tuesday night with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a stay on applications and licenses being issued.

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