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."