South Carolina's marriage ban unconstitutional, marriages may begin soon

A federal judge has stuck down South Carolina's ban on marriage equality. As Metro Weekly reports:

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Mark Gergel found South Carolina laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying “unconstitutionally infringe on the rights of Plaintiffs under the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and are invalid as a matter of law.”

South Carolina is one of the states that was included, and now impacted, by the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a case on marriage equality. This means that, while South Carolina may appeal, it appears unlikely that the decision to strike down the marriage ban will be reversed.

Judge Gergel granted a temporary stay until November 20 for South Carolina to petition for a longer stay. That means that South Carolina couples will not be marrying immediately, but likely will in the near future.

You can read the Judge Gergel's full decision at Metro Weekly.

For more information on marriage equality, visit www.glaad.org/marriage