COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The Supreme Court of South Carolina has lifted an October injunction against issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Their order, issued Wednesday, means counties across the state can now issue licenses for same-sex marriages effective immediately.
The injunction, issued on Oct. 9, was in response to Attorney General Alan Wilson's petition to block counties from issuing licences until after a decision was handed down in a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple who sued the state to have their marriage legally recognized. The couple, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs and her partner, Tracie Goodwin were married in Washington, D.C., in 2012,
A United States district court ruled Tuesday afternoon ordered South Carolina to legally recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. That ruling was handed down the same day the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency stay that would have allowed the state's ban on same-sex marriages to stand.