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South Carolina Lesbian Couple Fight To Overturn Same Sex Marriage Ban

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Katherine Bradacs, a State Trooper, and Tracy Goodwin, a U.S. Air Force vet, are a lesbian couple attempting to overturn South Carolina’s ban on same sex marriage. On Monday the couple submitted a lawsuit petitioning U.S. Judge Michelle Childs to review the state’s ban in hopes that she would find it to be unconstitutional. Such a decision would force South Carolina to officially recognize same sex marriages, like Bradacs and Goodwin’s, that were performed out of state.

“There have been more than 40 federal and state court decisions striking down bans on marriage equality,” their brief reads. “Five rulings have been issued by federal appellate courts covering four circuits, dozens have been issued by federal district courts, and at least 14 have been issued by state courts. Only two decisions have upheld a state’s same-sex marriage ban.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson are named as defendants in the lawsuit and are required by law to file a document stating their official legal positions by tomorrow.

“When our brief is filed, it will speak for itself,” said J. Mark Powell, a spokesman for the attorney general. “This matter will be resolved in a court of law – not in the court of public opinion.”

Both Haley and Wilson have recently affirmed that they have no intention of rolling back the ban without a legal battle.

“This issue is in the hands of the courts--our state marriage law stands until the federal courts make a clear judgment on it,” asserted Doug Mayer, Haley’s communications director. “Gov. Haley is duty bound to support our law and that’s what she will do.”


WATCH: Anthony Culler Doubles Down On Anti-Gay 'Gremlins' Talk In New Video

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Earlier today, we told you about South Carolina congressional candidate Anthony Culler and his comments labeling gays as "gremlins" and "bullies." Culler also called same-sex marriage a "pestilence." Now, despite the backlash he has received for these remarks, Culler is sticking to his guns, a point he's perhaps trying to underscore by defending his anti-gay views while leaning against a cannon in a new video the Republican posted to Facebook. Culler opens the video with commenting that we are facing the worst "Gremlin outbreak we've seen in 30 years":

I have had all of these bigots calling me a bigot...What we have is that I made a comment that same-sex couples that want to destroy traditional marriage and our way of life--they're gremlins. They're these creatures that are so destructive.

Culler goes on to give a little history about the district he's running to represent, saying, 

It's the black district. That's what some people call it...I've got another description for this district. It's the Christian district...The people here...we believe in family. We believe in traditional family. We believe in the way that it's always been. One man, one woman. Government can make up any laws it wants to. It doesn't make it right. Evil is evil. Wrong is wrong...I will stand against every initiative put through for same-sex marriage. I'm absolutely against it.

Watch Culler continue his incendiary hate parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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GOP Congressional Candidate Calls Gays 'Gremlins' and 'Bullies' In Vitriolic Facebook Rant

ScRepublican candidate for South Carolina's sixth congressional district Anthony P. Culler took to Facebook to voice his displeasure following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month not to review any of the seven petitions on gay marriage it was considering, a decision that broadly expanded marriage rights in the U.S. for same-sex couples. In Culler's lengthy rant, he bemoaned same-sex marriage as a "pestilence" and called gay people "gremlins" and "bullies":

Same-sex "marriage" is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family. These people, like my opponent SC-6 Congressman Jim Clyburn who OPENLY supports same-sex "marriage," seek to destroy the traditional family and the values we cherish. [...]

Do not buy the "cuteness" and "What will it hurt?" arguments whispered in your ears and marketed to our children. Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.

These people are bullies and now that they are winning their true and hateful nature is much easier to see and hear. (Watch the response to this post.)

Do not condone same-sex "marriage" or their self-destructive (they also have a strong tendency for substance abuse), alternate lifestyle. Do not attend the "over the top" and "anything goes" ceremonies or parties that these people revel in. Look away from this scourge on society and condemn it.

However, as The Huffington Post reports, Culler trails Congressman Jim Clyburn, and will likely need "more than spooky slurs to unseat the Democratic incumbent, who has served in the House for more than 20 years."

You can read the full hate-filled post, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lambda Legal Sues South Carolina For Marriage Equality

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d07a63dd970c-250wiFollowing obstinate and obstructionist moves from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, a decision that effects South Carolina as the state falls within the 4th Circuit’s jurisdiction, Lambda Legal along with South Carolina Equality has filed suit against the Palmetto State arguing that South Carolina is “obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry.” From Lambda Legal:

"The Fourth Circuit's decision means that same-sex couples in South Carolina should be shopping for a caterer, not a lawyer. Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson cannot continue to ignore the rule of law. Fortunately, they have run out of cards to play - we're urging the court to allow same-sex couples in South Carolina to marry without any further delay," said Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta. "The state doesn't have any credible arguments for a court in South Carolina to entertain."

Sc"The Governor and Attorney General are playing politics with our families and it's shameful," said South Carolina Equality lawyer Nekki Shutt, partner at Callison Tighe & Robinson. "Instead of celebrating and planning weddings, same-sex couples all over South Carolina are holding their collective breath - and they have been waiting long enough."

Lambda Legal represents Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley who applied and paid for a marriage license in Charleston County last week before the Attorney General asked the South Carolina State Supreme Court to step in and put a halt to the issuances of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The South Carolina Supreme Court effectively stopped state court judges from issuing marriage licenses or weighing in on marriage equality pending an order from federal court. Another federal case, Bradacs v. Haley, remains pending - it involves couples already legally married seeking recognition in South Carolina of their marriage, while the Condon suit seeks the issuance of a marriage license.

SCMeanwhile, The State reports that a separate pending case challenging South Carolina’s marriage ban, currently before a federal judge, is still awaiting a hearing: 

Judge Michelle Childs said Tuesday she will decide later, most likely in November, whether she will hear oral arguments in the ongoing same sex marriage case that will determine whether bans on same sex marriage in existing South Carolina law and the state constitution will be overturned.

After the Supreme Court’s decision last week, Probate Judge Irvin Condon decided to accept nineteen same-sex couples requests for marriage licenses. AG Wilson asked the Supreme Court to halt the issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples, a request it granted. Wilson has said of his actions in opposing marriage equality in South Carolina, “My job is to represent the state’s interest in every venue that exists until there are no more venues to represent the state. I’m not opposed to anything I’m only for the rule of law.” No comment yet from Wilson on why the state is willfully ignoring the ruling from the 4th Circuit which the U.S. Supreme Court let stand. 


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson On Gay Marriage: 'I'm For The Rule Of Law' - VIDEO

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South Carolina's Attorney General Alan Wilson, who in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month requested that the state Supreme Court stop judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, now insists that his opposition to marriage equality taking effect in South Carolina has only to do with his interest in seeing the "rule of law" win out. From the Rock Hill Herald Online:

What I do know is this: I’m the state’s attorney and the state is my client. And my job is to represent the state’s interest in every venue that exists until there are no more venues to represent the state. I’m not opposed to anything I’m only for the rule of law. 

Watch a video of Wilson's statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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South Carolina Supreme Court Orders Judges to Stop Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

South carolina mapSouth Carolina's Supreme Court has responded to Attorney General Alan Wilson's request to have the court stop judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Monday's U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage decision. 

Yesterday, Probate Judge Irvin Condon made waves when he decided to accept nineteen same-sex couples requests for marriage licenses. State law, however, requires all couples to wait 24 hours before the license is issued - meaning that with the state Supreme Court's order, no licesnes will be issued now. 

The Associated Press reports:

State Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the Supreme Court to stop the licenses because a federal judge is hearing a case in which a couple who were married in Washington, D.C., want to be recognized in South Carolina and want the state's constitutional ban on same-sex unions to be overturned.

The justices agreed the federal case should be decided. Lawyers for the state and the couple have been asked to give a schedule for submitting briefs in that case next week.


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