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South Carolina Gay Couple Sues to Overturn Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

A legally married gay couple in South Carolina has decided to sue the state of South Carolina for its ban on gay marriage.

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.

. . . 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.

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.

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