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SC high court asked to halt gay marriage licenses

October 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to stop a judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Lawyers for the state filed paperwork late Wednesday saying Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon acted prematurely earlier in the day when he accepted marriage license applications from more than 15 same-sex couples.

South Carolina law requires all couples to wait 24 hours before getting a marriage license. Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the state justices to rule before the license could be issued around 9:15 a.m. Thursday. The justices gave no indication when they might rule.

The judge’s decision to accept the applications surprised many in South Carolina, and turned a rally at the Statehouse asking South Carolina to overturn its gay marriage ban into a celebration.

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