SC issues first same-sex marriage certificates

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The first same-sex marriage licenses have been handed out in Downtown Charleston Wednesday morning.

Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon, and her fiance were the first to get theirs following two rulings on Tuesday that cleared the way for marriage equality.

Kristen and Kayla exchanged their vows outside of the courthouse right after picking up their license.

Probate Judge Irvin Condon issued the first same-sex marriage licenses ahead of the planned move by the state’s attorney general to block such unions.

Judge Condon said he had issued six licenses to same-sex couples.  The judge’s attorney, John Nichols, says the way was cleared for issuing the licenses by a decision in a case in Columbia. On Tuesday, the judge in that case ruled that South Carolina must recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple performed in Washington, D.C.

Last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court told probate judges not to issue any marriage licenses until there was a decision in that case. Nichols says Tuesday’s ruling was that decision, so Condon is issuing licenses.

The Associated Press contributed to this article 

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