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State Trooper and Wife File First South Carolina Lawsuit Challenging State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO


A South Carolina state trooper and her wife, who married in Washington D.C. in 2012,  are challenging South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage in court, WIS reports:

Trooper Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin and their attorney, John Nichols, filed a lawsuit in US District Court on Aug. 28. The suit challenges the Palmetto State's Defense of Marriage Law and a 2007 amendment to the state constitution. They both ban same sex marriage and recognition of those marriages performed outside the state.

"By defining marriage in this way, South Carolina discriminates on the basis of sex," said the suit. "The Supreme Court has made clear that perpetuation of traditional gender roles is not a legitimate government interest."

The suit goes even further, saying the state's laws on same-sex marriage fail "any level of constitutional scrutiny."

"Neither traditional nor moral disapproval of same-sex relationships or marriage for gay and lesbian couples is a legitimate basis for unequal treatment of same-sex couples under the law," said the suit.

Watch the WIS report, AFTER THE JUMP... - Columbia, South Carolina |

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  1. Great photo, lovely family...and those babies! Jeesh! How seriously super-cute can you get! I wish them all the best.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Sep 3, 2013 7:09:07 PM

  2. Great! Another lawsuit in a conservative state (recent law suits in Oklahoma, Virginia, etc)in front of conservative judges by well-meaning spouses who don't have the ACLU, or David Boies / Ted Olsen or similar lawyers involved.

    Sorry, but South Carolina is not New Mexico. So if these cases lead to decisions against marriage, will the momentum of the Windsor case and legislative / election victories (MD, MN, ME, WA, RI) be slowed down or reversed?

    Good luck to them. Here's hoping they win these cases in these Confederate states.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Sep 3, 2013 7:50:49 PM

  3. What a beautiful family. Shame on anti-gay bigots who are the real threat to American families and values.

    Posted by: Gestly | Sep 3, 2013 8:19:29 PM

  4. Once again a southern state has to dig into their taxpayer money and attempt to defend their repressive, discriminatory laws, and constitutional provisions. Way to go! Bleed those suckers dry!

    Posted by: *****overTX | Sep 4, 2013 12:02:11 AM

  5. This is the wrong lawsuit to bring forward. We need suits from couples in states seeking the right to marry, not the right to have their marriages recognized. A positive outcome in this case would only yield recognition, continuing a trend of marriage rulings with muddy effects.

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Sep 4, 2013 1:32:28 AM

  6. Im very proud of this couple.

    Im noticing, though, that it is typically women who are at the forefront of these judicial cases. Why arent there a proportionate amount of men?

    Posted by: Jlavoy | Sep 4, 2013 7:23:49 AM

  7. what a GREAT looking family--and those twins are killer-cute! I hope that they will remain safe in their community.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 4, 2013 7:33:08 AM

  8. JLavoy - In my observation gay couples are more often viewed as "perverts" while lesbian couples are simply seen as "misguided" - so perhaps those trying to orchestrate the battle for equality have made a tactical decision to use the "more palatable" option. I don't know - just a guess. The fact that females can give birth probably gives a bit more weight to their position as well.

    I'm just waiting for the day that this isn't an issue and we can allow people to be themselves and find nurturing, loving relationships and make commitments to each other without having to bring along an army of lawyers.

    Posted by: KCosper | Sep 4, 2013 10:19:05 AM

  9. Marriage laws in the U.S. are currently all over the place. Ohio has had two cases in recent weeks that are similar to this... asking for recognition of marriages performed in Maryland and Delaware, despite Ohio's constitutional ban. And in each case, the judge ruled that the state must recognize the marriage. Despite protests from the Governor and the AG, so far the rulings are standing. As I see it, it's about setting precedent. We've got momentum... we need to keep the pressure on!

    Posted by: John | Sep 4, 2013 12:10:47 PM

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