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4th Circuit Says Virginia’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Plus, Blowfish Headed West of the River
By Eva Moore
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 |

In a ruling that could have consequences for South Carolina, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. South Carolina is in the Fourth Circuit, and appeals of this state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage were on hold pending the Virginia decision.

The State reports that Columbia City Council has granted line-item status to the Famously Hot New Year’s Eve festival, meaning it will no longer have to compete with other organizations and events that seek money through the city’s hospitality tax committee process; instead, it’s now more like the zoo or the Columbia Museum of Art, which get a stable amount of funding each year. As Free Times reported earlier this year, the amount of tax dollars flowing to the one-night event tripled over the previous year.

The Columbia Blowfish, a college summer-league wood-bat baseball team, will move to Lexington County for next year’s season, team owner Bill Shanahan announced Monday. The county is building a 3,000-seat stadium for the team; it will cost $3 million, part of a $23 million recreation bond. The stadium will also host college and high school baseball championships, baseball camps and events throughout the year.

Gov. Nikki Haley meets today with city leaders in Atlantic Beach, which hosts a motorcycle rally each year; Haley wants the rally shut down because of associated violence.

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