Same-Sex Couples Challenge Law
Five couples in Greenville challenged South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday.
The couples applied for marriage licenses one-by-one, walking quietly into the Greenville County Probate office amid dozens of peaceful protesters chanting and applauding. All of them were denied, given a sheet of paper explaining South Carolina's Amendment One, passed in 2006 with 78% support among voters.
Ivy Hill, program director of Gender Benders, applied for a license with partner Misha Gibson. "We believe that these laws that label us as second-class citizens are founded in a belief that we are somehow less than human, and I think there is great importance in putting a real face on the issue. We're your neighbors, your friends, your family. That's who we are," says Hill.
The protest comes in the wake of Monday's ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That could have far-reaching implications on the other states covered by the 4th Circuit, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
By: Evan Donovan
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