Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Lexington County same-sex couple is challenging the state's laws against gay marriage.
The women, Tracie Goodwin and Katie Bradacs, spoke with News19 about why they filed a lawsuit.
The couple was married in Washington, D.C. in April 2012. They now live in Lexington County, and ran into a problem when Katie tried to add her wife and kids to her employee health plan.
"It's not just about us anymore, it's about them," said Bradacs. They said they believe their challenge of the state's same-sex marriage laws affect more than themselves.
Together, they have a 12-year-old son, and 13-month-old twins.
"You would think that little things such as putting them on my medical insurance - that people take for granted - I can't," said Bradacs. "I can't even put her on my health insurance - my wife."
The lawsuit states that Goodwin, a retired member os the U.S. Air Force and former law enforcement officer, is 80 percent disabled. Bradacs currently works for the State of South Carolina.
They've filed the lawsuit, which cites specifically the inability to receive benefits because of the state's laws. It lists survivors benefits in the event of death and financial hardships.
"These are our kids," Bradacs said. "This is the closest we could actually get to having kids together. We used my eggs and she carried them, so we both have that bond with these kids, and plus they are half-related to my oldest son."
Bradacs said the 12-year-old boy was her child from a previous relationship.
The lawsuit also lists the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this past summer which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 which barred same-sex marriage.
Goodwin and Bradacs said they believed that decision gives their own lawsuit a leg to stand on.
"I think with the recent changes with DOMA, I would like to think that hopefully there will be a change in the future," Goodwin said.
Gov. Nikki Haley has said she will defend an amendment that was added to the State Constitution in 2007 defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
"78 percent of the people overwhelmingly said that marriage should be between a man and a woman," Haley said Tuesday. "I stand behind that Constitutional Amendment."
Bradacs and Goodwin felt different.
"There will be a change," Bradacs said. "The question is will it happen now. I mean, it's going to happen. Why not now? What argument do they have as to why it won't happen?"
A spokesman for Attorney general Alan Wilson said Thursday that Mr. Wilson was reviewing the lawsuit.