Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Suit Challenges South Carolina's Refusal To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Last week, a suit was filed in a South Carolina federal district court challenging the state's refusal to allow same-sex marriages and its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.  The complaint (full text) in Bradacs v. Haley, (D SC, filed 8/28/2013), contends that South Carolina's statutory law (SC Code 20-1-15) and its constitutional provision barring recognition of plaintiffs' marriage (Art. XVII, Sec. 15) violate the due process, equal protection and full faith and credit clauses of the Constitution.  The State reports on the lawsuit that was filed by Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs and her spouse, Tracie Goodwin, who were married in the District of Columbia last year.