Two civil rights organizations are calling on South Carolina’s attorney general to drop his defense of the state’s amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The ACLU South Carolina and South Carolina Equality launched a petition drive asking Alan Wilson to drop the defense in light of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. South Carolina is in the 4th Circuit, and a lawsuit against the state’s own marriage amendment is pending in district court.
“Our state will be on the wrong side of history if it continues to use public funds to defend the ban on freedom to marry for all South Carolinians," said ACLU of South Carolina Executive Director Victoria Middleton in a statement.
In nearby North Carolina, the Democratic attorney general has already announced he will stop defending that state’s anti-same-sex marriage amendment.
Before today’s petition announcement, Wilson released a cautious statement saying, “Currently, South Carolina’s law remains intact, and, of course, our office will continue to defend it.”
Gov. Nikki Haley echoed Wilson.
“This administration will continue to uphold the will of the people,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement, according to The State. “Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this issue, and until that time, South Carolina will continue to be governed by the laws of our state.”
Haley was referring to the fact that the 4th Circuit’s latest ruling will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
One of Haley’s opponents took the opportunity to stake out some independent ground on the issue. Tom Ervin, who is running for governor as an “independent Republican,” called on South Carolina leaders to drop their legal defense of the law in the Bradacs v. Haley case.
“My personal faith affirms that marriage is between a man and a woman but under our Constitution, people in this country are afforded equal protection under our laws,” Ervin said in a statement. “This means that anyone should be free to marry the person they love. Government should not be in the bedroom, but it should also not be in the church. Individual churches should be allowed to decide which marriage ceremonies they want to perform. Further action on this matter, such as an appeal by the state, is a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
But the campaign of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who is challenging Haley as a Democrat, has not yet responded to a request for comment. The State reported Tuesday that Sheheen had been “noncommittal” in his response to the paper’s query, with his campaign manager saying the candidate “will monitor the court’s proceedings as the process continues to move forward.”
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
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