Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down in South Carolina

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that South Carolina cannot enforce the state’s constitutional gay marriage ban, although a temporary stay means those marriages won’t happen before November 20th.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel granted a motion for summary judgment and enjoined state officials from enforcing the state’s constitutional gay marriage ban or from withholding marriage licenses from same-sex couples. South Carolina’s laws banning gay marriage violate the U.S. Constitution “and are invalid as a matter of law,” Gergel wrote in his order.