South Carolina judge wants marriage briefs by next Wednesday

A federal district court judge in South Carolina has asked parties in a marriage lawsuit there to submit briefs by next Wednesday.

Judge Michelle Childs made her request Tuesday, one day after the Supreme Court took no action on several marriage appeals. The inaction has paved the way for marriage in 11 states, including North Carolina and South Carolina.

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has said he will continue fighting to keep his state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment, passed by 78 percent of voters in November 2006.

LGBT advocates in the state say LGBT couples “should not be forced to wait for change” and marriages should be recognized immediately.

“South Carolina Equality demands that marriage equality be recognized in South Carolina, and we encourage those South Carolinians in same-sex relationships who want to get married to apply for marriage licenses,” South Carolina Equality Board Chair Jeff Ayers said in an emailed message to supporters Tuesday morning.

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A Greensboro, N.C., judge similarly asked parties in two cases there to submit briefs, as well. An order could come down in those cases within the next 10 days.

MORE COVERAGE: See our archive of recent marriage equality updates.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.