The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 28 that Virginia's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
On October 9, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the case, which legalized gay marriage in five states in the Fourth Circuit, including South Carolina.
However, marriage licenses for same-sex couples were stopped by the South Carolina Supreme Court at the request of State Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Lawyers for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) and State Attorney Wilson recently filed papers in federal court asking for an injunction against gay marriages in South Carolina while they appeal same-sex marriage to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, noted the Post and Courier.
In a lesser known lawsuit, a South Carolina man named Don Boyd claims that if gay marriage is legalized in South Carolina it will force him to disobey God.
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Boyd describes himself as a "musician/psalmist."
Any Court/State ratification of gay “marriages” creates a catch-22 by which in one way or another I am forced to disobey God’s Charge to warn, or in so warning disobey God’s commandment to rest — PROHIBITING the free exercise of my established religion antedating all ideas of “gay marriage” and well-known beforehand to all adults errantly (sic) identifying and calling themselves lesbian and gay…
Boyd also included announcements of heterosexual marriages cut out of newspapers and Bible verses to back up his case, notes JoeMyGod.
Sources: Post and Courier, Friendly Atheist, JoeMyGod (Image Credit: Palosirkka)