South 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.