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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Tanis J Events, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Tanis J Events, LLC

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Tanis Jackson, owner of Tanis J Events, is a full service Charleston Wedding Planner and Draping Designer who specializes in modern Charleston Destination and Local Weddings for ALL weddings, including same sex weddings. Tanis J Events is an LGBT friendly Charleston Wedding Planner company that supports marriage equality.

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South Carolina: New Poll Shows 52.7% Oppose Marriage Equality

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

titleA majority of South Carolinians remain opposed to marriage equality.

The Winthrop Poll surveyed 1,109 residents by telephone between February 21 and March 1.

More than half of respondents (52.7%) said that they’re opposed to gay couples marrying, while 42.8 percent said that such unions should be valid.

See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Charleston Intimate Ceremonies, Charleston, South Carolina

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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Gay Friendly Charleston Wedding Officiant – Charleston Intimate Ceremonies specializes in small and medium sized ceremonies, helping couples bring their wishes to reality anywhere in the beautiful lowcountry!

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USA, South Carolina: Poll Shows 60% Say Marriage Equality Had No Negative Impact

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

titleA new poll shows that South Carolinians have gone on with their lives after marriage equality came to the state.

HRC reports:

South Carolina has had marriage equality on the books since November, and voters are doing just fine, according to a recent Public Policy Polling report. In fact, 60 percent of South Carolina voters reported that the legalization of marriage equality in the state has not negatively impacted on their lives.

Time after time, the far right tries to convince everyone the sky will fall if marriage equality is granted. And time after time, it stubbornly refuses to do so.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Innovative Event Services, Charleston, South Carolina

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Innovative Event Services - Charleston South Carolina

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Gay Wedding Event Rentals in Charleston, SC, USA. IES is a full service lighting, sound, and production company located in beautiful Charleston, SC. We carry one of the largest inventories of chandeliers on the east coast to help make your special day spectacular! Our top of the line, environmentally friendly LED lighting will give your event that unique look. Bring us all of your ideas and let us help you design an event that is as unique as you!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Your-First-Step, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Your-First-Step

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Gay Wedding Officiants in North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. Officiant and more – Ordained minister. Our wedding packages honor all people and faith traditions regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation. We have packages to assist same sex couples by sending them to DC or NY for a legal marriage and then have a commitment ceremony in the Carolinas. We have different types of ceremonies for you to choose or assist you in writing your own. Indoor-outdoor or destination ceremonies, whichever you choose.

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South Carolina Supreme Court Lifts Marriage Equality Stay Early

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

UPDATE 7:20 AM: The US Supreme Court just turned the state away.

The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t stop same-sex marriages from taking place in South Carolina following a decision against the state’s ban on gay nuptials. A one-page order from the court on Thursday indicates the stay request from state officials to block same-sex marriages and presented to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts was referred to the entire court and denied. However, the order notes U.S. Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.


South Carolina MapThings are moving along on the marriage equality front in South Carolina too. The state Supreme Court lifted the stay on the recent ruling early.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The South Carolina Supreme Court has lifted an injunction that prohibited the state’s probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The order comes following a ruling on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs in Columbia in favor of Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs and U.S. Air Force retiree Tracie Goodwin, who sued to have the state to recognize their marriage performed in Washington, D.C. Childs ruled the state’s failure to recognize their marriage was unconstitutional.

At least six couples in Charleston immediately received marriage licenses.

On Top Magazine reports:

At least six gay couples received marriage licenses Wednesday in South Carolina. According to multiple local sources, Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston issued the licenses. Within hours, Kristin Anderson and Kayla Bennett exchanged vows, making them the first gay couple to legally marry in the state. The women, together 4 years, wed in front of the Charleston County Courthouse in a ceremony officiated by Tobin Williamson.

Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson is still pinning his hopes on the US Supreme Court.

Fits News reports:

South Carolina is the only state in the fourth circuit blocking gay marriages. Its lawyers argue that conflicting lower court rulings (the sixth circuit court of appeals has upheld the right of states to ban gay marriage) necessitate the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court. For his part, Wilson has said he’s just doing his job as the state’s top lawyer – but in the process he’s become a hero of the religious right. “Alan Wilson isn’t simply going through the motions,” said Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council – a group which opposes gay marriage. “He and his lawyers are crafting new strategies.”

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South Carolina Marriage Equality Update

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

South Carolina MapThings are moving quickly in South Carolina. Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit declined to issue a stay on same sex weddings, which were slated to begin today.

Equality on Trial reports:

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has just denied South Carolina’s request for a stay of same-sex marriages pending their appeal of the district court decision striking down the ban. The request was made days ago, along with a request for a more temporary stay so that state officials could ask the Supreme Court for relief. The order notes that both the stay pending appeal and the temporary stay are denied.

Attorney General Alan Wilson then filed a “demand” to the US Supreme Curt to step in and block the impending weddings.

On Top Magazine reports:

South Carolina on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to stay a ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage as it pursues an appeal. Within hours, Wilson filed a similar request with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees federal courts in South Carolina. Wilson explained in a statement that the state continues “to believe the doctrine of federalism and the Tenth Amendment should allow South Carolina’s unique laws to be considered at the highest appropriate court of appeal.”

In the meantime, a judge has issued the first marriage licenses to same sex couples in the state.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A judge has issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina, ahead of a planned move by the state’s attorney general to block such unions. South-CarolinaEarly Wednesday, the office of Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston said that 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.

So by my count, we have three more states that are in the middle of the process of legalizing same sex marriage, where couples can get married in some counties but not others – Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina, and at least one more where a decision is imminent – Mississippi. All in the bible belt or Deep South. Amazing.

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Will Marriage Equality Arrive in South Carolina Thursday?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

South Carolina MapThe stay on a marriage equality ruling in South Carolina is due to expire on Thursday.

Joe.My.God reports:

Late last night the plaintiffs in that case filed a motion in opposition to state Attorney General Alan Wilson’s demand that the stay be continued while he flails about with appeals. Via the Post & Courier: “Currently 34 states permit same-sex couples to marry, or recognize marriages legally celebrated by same-sex couples in other states. If history is any indicator, the State’s claim of potential harm here is overstated, if not completely contrived,” the new filings says. Malissa Burnette, lead attorney in Condon’s case, has said she feels very optimistic the Fourth Circuit will uphold Gergel’s ruling. It is the same court that struck down Virginia’s constitutional gay marriage ban and was among those that triggered the recent cascade of legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.

All the motions and responses have now been filed with the Fourth Circuit.

Greenville Online reports:

The motion and response are in from the two sides of the gay marriage debate in South Carolina. Now it’s up to the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to decide whether to grant a stay – and stop marriages for same sex couples due to begin at noon on Thursday – as the state has asked.

The Atty. Gen. is latching onto the Sixth Circuit ruling against marriage equality, claiming that it means the US Supreme Court will have to weigh-in before the state is forced to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down South Carolina Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

South Carolina MapOK, it’s official – a Federal Judge in South Carolina just struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality.

The Washington Blade reports:

In a 26-page decision issued on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel, an Obama appointee, determines the South Carolina’s ban on gay nuptials violates same-sex couples’ rights to equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Gergel bases his decision on an earlier ruling from the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals against the marriage ban in Virginia, which lies in the same judicial circuit as South Carolina. “While a party is certainly free to argue against precedent, even very recent precedent, the Fourth Circuit has exhaustively addressed the issues raised by Defendants and firmly and unambiguously recognized a fundamental right of same sex couples to marry and the power of the federal courts to address and vindicate that right,” Gergel writes.

The ruling has been stayed until November 20th.

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