First Gay Marriage Performed in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP, WLTX) - Multiple media outlets report that the first legal same-sex marriage has taken place in South Carolina.

The Charleston County probate court began issuing licenses Wednesday morning. one couple--Kristin Anderson and Kayla Bennett--got married moments afterward on the courthouse steps.

The office of Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston said that he had issued six licenses in total 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.

Last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court told probate judges not to issue any marriage licenses until there was a decision in that case. Nichols says Tuesday's ruling was that decision, so Condon is issuing licenses.


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