Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) -- Governor Nikki Haley has responded to a lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban naming her and Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Haley says the general assembly and the people of the state voted and she will stand behind the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in South Carolina.
A legally married gay couple living in the state is suing to have that ban overturned.
Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin filed the lawsuit Thursday.
The couple was married in Washington D.C. in April 2012 and claim the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shows state cannot ban the marriages because they do not agree with it morally.
Haley says she will continue to fight for state's right to decide.
"The house voted, the senate voted, it was signed into law but then went to the people of this state on the ballot. Seventy-eight percent of the people overwhelmingly said marriage should be between a man and a woman. I stand behind that constitutional amendment and will continue to fight to make sure that states have the ability to decide what they want marriage to be in their state," said Haley.
In 1996 South Carolina passed a law banning same-sex marriages. Voters passed a similar constitutional amendment banning the marriages in 2006.