Tuesday, September 03, 2013

SC gay couple sues to overturn ban on same-sex marriage

Oh this is going to be interesting. If gay couples can win the right to marry in my crazy state of SC, then you KNOW the world has turned sharp:

A legally married gay couple living in South Carolina is suing to have the state's ban on gay marriage overturned.

Highway Patrol Trooper Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court against Gov. Nikki Haley and state Attorney General Alan Wilson.

The lawsuit said a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shows that states can't outlaw same sex marriages because they do not approve of them morally. Bradacs and Goodwin were married in Washington, D.C., in April 2012, according to court papers.
"They are treated as legal strangers in their home state of South Carolina," the couple's lawyer wrote in court papers.

A spokesman for Haley said the governor's office did not see the lawsuit until Monday and were reviewing it.

"Gov. Haley, like the majority of South Carolinians, supports traditional marriage as defined between one man and one woman, and in accordance with state law, will continue to uphold those values," her spokesman Doug Mayer said.

South Carolina passed a law banning same-sex marriage in 1996, with voters passing a similar constitutional amendment in 2006 with 78 percent of the vote.

The lawsuit points out Bradacs works in public safety and Goodwin is 80 percent disabled from the U.S. Air Force and gets veteran's benefits. The suit said gay people who are first responders are denied the peace of mind of knowing if they die serving the public, their spouses will get the same financial support given to survivors with heterosexual spouses in South Carolina.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/09/02/2956427/gay-couple-sues-over-sc-same-sex.html#storylink=cpy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is false to assume support for marriage equality infers or implies lack of support for so-called "traditional" marriage. Anyone who says they support only so-called "traditional" marriage is masking their disapproval of people whom they do not know and who have done them no harm.

And to think that marriage equality somehow poses a threat to "traditional" marriage is a non sequitur.