SC to ask Supreme Court to block gay marriages

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent same-sex marriages from beginning in the state on Thursday.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied Wilson’s request to put on hold a judge’s order allowing the marriages. Last week U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel threw out South Carolina’s state constitutional ban on such marriages and said they could begin at noon Thursday.

That ruling came in the case of a Charleston couple that wants to be married.

Meanwhile, a second federal judge has ruled South Carolina must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. In that case, U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs in Columbia ruled South Carolina’s failure to recognize such marriages is unconstitutional.

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