Thursday, November 13, 2014

District Court Strikes Down South Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Ban; 8-Day Stay Granted

In Condon v. Haley, (D SC, Nov. 12, 2014), a South Carolina federal district court struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. The court held that the 4th Circuit's decision in Bostic v. Schaefer striking down a similar ban in Virginia is controlling. However the court granted a stay until Nov. 20 to allow the state to seek a stay pending appeal from the 4th Circuit. The State reports that South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says he will appeal to the 4th Circuit.