SC same-sex couple wants their marriage recognized
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:33:12 GMT —
The Supreme Court's decision in June on the Defense of Marriage Act was historic.
It said DOMA was unconstitutional because it denied same-sex couples equal liberty guaranteed by the 5th Amendment.
The Defense of Marriage Act is a federal statute. So it only affects what happens at the federal level, not for individual states.
Some states recognize same-sex marriages and some don't. Here in South Carolina, the state statute does not recognize or support same-sex marriage.
So at the end of August, just months after the Supreme Court's decision, two women challenged that statute.
They want it to be deemed unconstituional so their marriage, which happened last April in Washington D.C, can be recognized here in South Carolina.
They're looking for the court to issue an injunction against Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson that would prevent them, or anyone with authority in South Carolina, from upholding the state's statute.
The women's attorneys say this is the time for this issue to be addressed in South Carolina.
"The clients here are citizens of South Carolina and they have the right to the benefits of marriage that adhere to any citizen of South Carolina. And now is the time." says John Nichols, one of the plaintiff's attorneys.
And what makes these women willing to bring this suit?
"They have been always the ones to step up and say you know, we don't have a problem doing this. Obviously, they're very comfortable with who they are - their lifestyle- and proud of the fact that they have a beautiful relationship and family. And what's been great is they're not afraid to take a stand." explains Carrie Warner, the second plaintiff's attorney.
Without this lawsuit it doesn't seem like anything will change here in South Carolina.
Both Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen, who are the two candidates for the 2015 governor's seat, have both publicly voiced their opposition to same-sex marriage.