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GREENVILLE, SC -
Today, five same-sex couples in Greenville went to try to get their marriage licenses. As soon as they applied, all five were denied. The engaged couples knew they'd be rejected but tried anyway as a protest.
Rachel Duncan, one of the engaged women, said, "Unfortunately we were denied this time, but we are quite hopeful that with the ruling this Monday that it'll change.”
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional - and South Carolina is in the same circuit.
After the ruling, North Carolina’s Attorney General said he would stop defending the state's ban on gay marriage.
Ryan Wilson of South Carolina Equality explained, "He recognizes that North Carolina will lose. Unfortunately South Carolina’s Attorney General has said that they'll continue to fight the ban; which will be a waste of taxpayer dollars, which will be a waste of state resources."
But still, South Carolina gay and lesbian couples remain hopeful.
Misha Gibson applied for a license on Wednesday and said, “I think the difference today is the hope - I think we both share - that this might be the last time we do an action like this, because I feel like maybe the next time we approach that office we will be granted a marriage license."
LGBT leadership organizations such as the Alliance For Full Acceptance in Charleston say they strongly support what the couples did in Greenville on Wednesday. AFFA officials say with the legal aspect of same-sex marriage changing - people in their organization are still working on the acceptance of the same-sex culture. Warren Redman-Gress is the Executive Director for AFFA and said, "I have even heard people say, 'But it's never going to happen here.’ Well, yes it is going to happen here and it's probably going to happen faster than many of us thought."
South Carolina Equality and the ACLU have started a petition drive asking South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to stop defending the state's ban.
His office says the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately have to decide, and until then, South Carolina's law is still in place and he'll defend it.
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